Oh internet trolls; they can turn any good multiplayer game into a horrible experience. Video game companies are well aware that just a single troll can ruin an otherwise exciting game. That’s why Gabe Newell from Valve is introducing their plan of attack against the trolls.
Newell stated in an interview that making games one price universally is really more of a bug. To him it is unfair that someone who is helpful pays for a game at the same price as someone who poisons the environment. He states that this is a flaw and that it needs changing. For that, they are not going to apply a full freemium model for their next release: DOTA2.
With the future release of DOTA2, Valve plans to implement a system for valuing people’s contributions to the gaming community. The price of DOTA 2 will reflect the contributions of gamers in titles like Team Fortress 2. Nice people who provide a plethora of knowledge and hints can get the game for free while those notorious for being jerks and/or trolling will have to pay full price.
“So, in practice, a really likable person in our community should get DOTA 2 for free, because of past behaviour in Team Fortress 2. Now, a real jerk that annoys everyone, they can still play, but a game is full price and they have to pay an extra hundred dollars if they want voice.”