Gabe Newell: “Likable” People Should Pay Less

So if you’re a jerk or a griefer, you might end up paying higher prices some day. Okay, long story short: He’s toying around the idea to let people who are “fun to play with” pay less for a game than other people. Interesting eh? Here’s the full statement:

An example is – and this is something as an industry we should be doing better – is charging customers based on how much fun they are to play with. Some people, when they join a server, a ton of people will run with them. Other people, when they join a server, will cause others to leave. We should have a way of capturing that. We should have a way of rewarding the people who are good for our community.

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.

That’s just one example. Another is how much people want to pay for items. Some people are happy paying a dollar. They’ll pay a dollar over and over and over again, others want to be different, others want to run servers and create mods.

Well, looks like I’ll need to be extra polite now. I certainly want my free game.