In The Free Zone, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi wonders whether or not DotA 2 will enter the ranks of the free to play. It's an intriguing question and one that Richard discusses from all angles. Check it out and then leave us your opinion in the comments.
Here in North America, it seems as if the popularity of MOBAs hasn't kept pace. Defense of the Ancients, a Warcraft III mod that debuted in 2003, gave rise to a number of variants. The main one, originally called DotA Allstars and now usually referred to as just DotA, still has a fairly sizable and quite fervent following. Another title you may know of is League of Legends, which I've mentioned in a couple of previous columns. Released in 2009, it was enough to give its developer, Riot Games, a valuation of around $475 million when it was acquired several months ago by Chinese publisher Tencent. For me, this figure doesn't come anywhere close to correlating with the game's visibility in this part of the world, suggesting that it was based on a perspective with considerably more of an international weighting.
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