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Beta key requirements removed from DOTA 2

21 Jun 2013  by   Paul Younger
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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. Gabriel

    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.

    June 22, 2013 at 2:49 am

  2. DannyAsking

    i need beta key
    please give me one to play
    my email : ariefszacky@rocketmail.com
    my id : DannyAsking

    June 23, 2013 at 10:43 am
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    Tim McDonald

    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 – http://steamcommunity.com/id/dota2bot – that supposedly dispenses them. Haven’t tried it myself, though.

    June 24, 2013 at 5:36 am

    1. Duy

      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

      June 27, 2013 at 8:05 pm

  4. Logan

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

    June 28, 2013 at 2:43 am
    1. Logan, check your email ;)

      June 28, 2013 at 5:24 am

  5. Linos

    I sent you a friends request TakinBacon, Can I please have a beta key? :)

    June 28, 2013 at 6:53 am

  6. Sova

    Please give me A beta key for steam dota 2/

    July 8, 2013 at 5:00 pm

  7. Kyra

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

    July 9, 2013 at 7:14 am

  8. matz

    need it too, :)

    July 9, 2013 at 11:11 am

  9. saiidz

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

    July 9, 2013 at 10:03 pm

  10. oveis

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

    July 12, 2013 at 1:58 pm

  11. RonnyEM

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

    July 15, 2013 at 3:12 pm

  12. Apuzaunited

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

    July 15, 2013 at 6:34 pm
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    Peter Parrish

    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.

    July 15, 2013 at 7:26 pm

  14. joshua

    I wish i had a beta key too if anyone has one can you send me one plz!
    my email is joshua_acebo16@yahoo.com

    July 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm
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      Tim McDonald

      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.

      July 21, 2013 at 7:13 pm

  15. Dante

    Please help me how to install with KEY.
    I have downloaded DOTA2 from torrent but I couldn’t try it online after installation.
    Kindly suggest me, if required please provide me a key. I suppose its a long queue to get free game from steam.

    My email id: yash.kotari1991@gmai.com

    August 15, 2013 at 8:49 am

  16. Alvin

    anyone can send me a dota 2 beta key please :D

    August 28, 2013 at 8:42 pm

  17. iya

    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. :)

    August 29, 2013 at 7:10 pm

  18. Pablo Ch.

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

    August 30, 2013 at 4:36 pm

  19. Pablo Ch.

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


    August 30, 2013 at 4:39 pm
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    Tim McDonald

    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.

    August 30, 2013 at 5:04 pm

  21. juan

    please please…give me a beta key ;.;

    September 14, 2013 at 2:29 am

  22. Bravery

    Please provide me a beta key. Thanks :D

    September 22, 2013 at 11:10 am

  23. vhinzmoe

    anyone can send me a dota 2 beta key please :D

    September 24, 2013 at 7:50 pm

  24. Gilbert

    Please let me try: need the beta key

    November 15, 2013 at 4:33 pm

  25. Gilbert from Philippines

    I just want to try lang po, please send me kahit 1 beta key only:


    November 15, 2013 at 4:36 pm

  26. Haxo

    Do we still need a beta key to play? Can I have a beta key?
    Thank you!

    December 2, 2013 at 7:00 am

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