So while Blizzard is doing their best to ignore that computers might be connected by something other than The Internets, Valve has confirmed that Defense of the Ancients 2 will support LAN (Local Area Network) play.
In an interview with Join Dota Valve’s Erik Johnson said: “There are some systems that LAN mode requires that we haven’t finished yet, mainly because we’ve been focused on matchmaking. We know how important this feature is for the community.”
It’ll be interesting to see how Valve plans to monetize Dota 2 if they’re not going to force it to connect to the Global Hat Server. While everyone has been speculating that it will be “free to play” like League of Legends, the announcement of LAN mode puts serious doubt on that. It would make much more sense for Valve to charge the standard $30 or $40, if that’s the case.