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DotA Developer Talks Valve Collaboration

IceFrog, best known for creating Defence of the Ancients, has revealed it’s new projects, in which it’s working in partnership with Valve, will be announced “soon”.

The game, which has been in development since October last year, has had a humble buzz surrounding it, and it’s not until this Q&A which appeared on the PlayDota.com forums, that any other information has been released.
One of the questions asked how long it would take, and trying to clarify whether it would take the expected two to three years.

“It certainly won’t take that long. There are a lot of very talented people here at Valve that are working hard on it every day to ensure high quality in a timely manner. We’ll be making an announcement soon actually, and based on the feedback I’ve been getting since the last mention, I’m sure you all will be as excited as I am,” read the post.The next explores the relationship between IceFrog and Valve, delving into how the relationship was formed.  IceFrog responds stating Valve approached them as “big fans of DotA” and was invited to to visit the studios.

“They shared the same aspirations towards building a long term and sustainable community without having short sighted business goals that end up hurting the quality of the game. One of the most important things for me though was that there wasn’t going to be anyone standing above telling me how I should be doing things. They trust the developers that have experience to make the best decisions for their playerbase.”

DotA, a subject of Jeff Hollis’ MMO Weekly, still continues to update and patch the game, which now has an estimated playerbase of around nine million players.



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