Valve’s next Dota 2 documentary titled “Free to Play” is just about ready for public consumption, but the developer wants to hear some additional opinions before hitting start. Kotaku received a forwarded email that says Valve will privately screen its documentary to a select few throughout the month of June. The film shines a spotlight on the personal tensions professional Dota 2 players face and how they deal with them—all this might sound a little familiar , considering that Valve did a documentary on the annual Dota 2 tournament, The International , last November.
Valve have distanced themselves from Xi3′s Piston, the small form modular PC that’s now available for a pricey pre-order . Piston was originally revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, where Xi3 announced that they had received an investment from Valve. But in a statement to Eurogamer , Doug Lombardi states they’re no acting as the mini-PC’s benefactor.
Valve announced today that 21 more games have passed the Greenlight community test and will be published on Steam. Among the chosen few are Miner Wars 2081, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, Forge, and literally 18 more. According to a statement from Valve’s Doug Lombardi, the second wave was originally planned to include “at least 10 titles,” but that “given the number and quality of games submitted, and the ship date of many of the top-ranking titles, the decision was made to increase the size of this group.” The first selection, which was announced last month, featured ten games
Rumours that Valve are developing their own “Steam Box” hardware platform were all but denied by Valve’s Doug Lombardi when Owen asked him about it at GDC , it does look as though they’re making something , though. Engadget noticed a job ad on Valve’s job site looking for an electronics engineer. Here’s the first line of the ad: “For years, Valve has been all about writing software that provides great gameplay experiences.
Enthusiasm for Dota 2 is steadily growing as more and more participants are invited into the beta. Dota 2 regularly features on Steam’s most played list, but those numbers are nothing compared to the number of Dota fans worldwide. One of the biggest international markets is China.