I ask because I'm looking to get Dota 2, but I don't want to pay more than the upfront cost through micro-transactions in-game.

Is the game fully released yet? Is it possible to get for free?

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The game is entirely free of cost to download and play. The only costs you'll pay (if you want to) are for content that does not even debatably give you an advantage in-game, such as cosmetic items, pennants to support your favorite team, or tickets to watch tournaments in-game.

You can get Dota2 here.

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    You could also go to: reddit.com/r/sharedota2 and ask for a key. Otherwise it's a free game to play. You will once in a while get a chest (like a box in TF2) that requires a key to open. This key costs money. But you can just not open it. There are also tournaments, that cost money to spectate, if you're into that.
    – Holger
    Mar 20, 2013 at 9:50
  • @Holger This is no longer accurate. There are no more dropped chests that happen. Dec 18, 2015 at 21:57

Dota 2 beta is currently free if you can get someone to give you a pass. You can buy a beta pass for $30 (in which case you get many cosmetics items). People in the beta are periodically given 5 passes to give to friends. The game is "F2P" and utilizes micro-in-game transactions. The store and pricing scale are very similar to Team Fortress 2.

  • so it is not free? Mar 20, 2013 at 2:29
  • It is not free unless you can get a pass. There are tons of them so it shouldn't be that difficult.
    – torchhound
    Mar 20, 2013 at 2:35
  • I've got 12 keys to spare at the moment (no advertisement) and heard the same from multiple friends. There are multiple sites now that offer give-aways, it should be easy getting a key there.
    – Sentry
    Mar 20, 2013 at 9:48
  • Sentry's example is a common one. The Dota 2 beta pass saturation is unfortunately causing a lot of smurfing.
    – torchhound
    Mar 20, 2013 at 22:41
  • @CreatorsMade: So many free passes have been given out that it's insanely easy to find someone willing to give you a free Dota 2 pass. Even if you can't, they sell for $0.03 on the steam market. Aug 2, 2013 at 23:34

The game is already released, and it is a F2P Game, meaning there is no need to spend money on the game (unless you plan on getting cosmetics or other items).

You won't have to pay a cent to play Dota 2 now!

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