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Beta key requirements removed from DOTA 2

Beta key requirements removed from DOTA 2

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Update: Since posting, it has been pointed out via Twitter that you do STILL do require a key.

“Dota 2 is not playable without a key or starter pack, only the tutorial & Dota TV are available. The news sites saying otherwise are wrong.”

Valve have removed the requirements of a beta key for DOTA 2 on Steam from today.

Let’s face it, there was never a real problem getting hold of a key for DOTA 2, they became rather pointless as just about ecerytone on Steam had stacks of invites they could send out to friends, most probably went unused.

The guys at GosuGamers spotted the change and also noted that the trailer has also been added as in introduction which should help new players settle in before undertaking the daunting task of becoming a DOTA 2 master.

This key removal comes hot on the heels of the news that Valve plan to get the game finally launched this summer, before the the Interntational 3 event which takes place between 7-11 August.

If you want to read more about DOTA 2 then take a gander at our Why I love DOTA 2 feature and Dota 2 and you: Confronting the most daunting title in PC gaming.


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  1. I still haven’t got a beta key. I have waited months and no key. Hope they take off the requirement of a beta key to be able to play.

  2. avatar Tim McDonald | June 24, 2013 at 5:36 am |

    You can grab them on Steam’s marketplace for all of about £0.01. I have no idea whether it works or not, but there’s also a bot – – that supposedly dispenses them. Haven’t tried it myself, though.

    • Actually, dota 2 dispenser can only give you a free dota 2 key in case your account are not limited, because a new steam user can not sent friend invite request

  3. If someone could send me a couple beta keys for me and my wife that would be awesome! *email edited to prevent spam* Thanks!

  4. I sent you a friends request TakinBacon, Can I please have a beta key? 🙂

  5. Please give me A beta key for steam dota 2/

  6. hi.. please send mo a beta key for steam dota 2.. Thanks looking forward for your response..

  7. need it too, 🙂

  8. can some one add me and give me free key for dota 2 pleassssssse thanks alot
    ps: i cant add any one

  9. please give me a beta key or request friend for dota2 please

  10. Anyone have a dota 2 beta key which able to share?? Appreciate it. Add me in Steam. Id:RonnyEM

  11. avatar Apuzaunited | July 15, 2013 at 6:34 pm |

    Will someone give me dota key? i hope i can play DOTA 2

  12. avatar Peter Parrish | July 15, 2013 at 7:26 pm |

    Good news, everybody who wants a DOTA 2 key – they don’t exist any more. Instead you just find DOTA 2 on Steam, click on GET DOTA 2 or whatever and then you’re auto-added to a queue for access.

    • avatar Tim McDonald | July 21, 2013 at 7:13 pm |

      It’s out of beta. There are no more beta keys. You cannot get beta keys any more because the beta is gone. There is no beta, and there are no beta keys. The game has been released and is out and is available for free, to everyone. Nobody has a beta key anymore.

      What I’m saying is, you should go to Steam and just get the game from there.

  13. anyone can send me a dota 2 beta key please 😀

  14. hey there. i just installed my steam and done installed my dota 2 too. why cant i play the game? there just tutorial to play. haha sorry im new on steam and dota. 🙂

  15. please i need play dota2 =(, give me 1 key, please please please!

  16. avatar Tim McDonald | August 30, 2013 at 5:04 pm |

    Pablo Ch.: There are no keys anymore. Dota 2 has been free-to-play since July.

    iya: The first three or four tutorial missions are mandatory if you’re a new player.

  17. please please…give me a beta key ;.;

  18. Please provide me a beta key. Thanks 😀

  19. anyone can send me a dota 2 beta key please 😀

  20. Please let me try: need the beta key

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