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How Dota 2 became an artists’ goldmine

Dota 2 has become a way for some people to make a lot of money. There’s Valve, the developers behind the game. There’s the professional players, who’ve profited from the big eSports scene. However, there’s also a more surprising group that has benefitted from the game’s release. Meet the Dota 2 item creators.

Dota 2 is a free-to-play game. There’s no retail cost, and you could easily clock up 1000 hours played without spending a penny. This is a game funded entirely by microtransactions, but not of the pay-to-win variety. Instead, players can purchase items and clothing for their heroes.

In Dota 2, there’s around 100 heroes to choose from, each with a unique look and personality. Most of these can be kitted out with different costumes and weapons, meaning there’s a huge variety of combinations and possibilities.

This article features an exclusive interview with popular Dota 2 item creator Anuxinamoon, and discusses how viable Dota 2 item creation is financially.

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