If you don’t want to that’s totally fine, but by doing so you’re helping the community grow and develop. Paying for content helps support the content creators – getting money for making Dota 2 guides could, for example, help a semi-pro chase their dream of becoming pro.
In the case of pro players who are already financially secure – it gives them an incentive to incorporate content creation into their busy schedule. This is great for us, their fans!
When it is possible, yes. For example, the Book of Dota guide series is designed in a way to be easily updateable. Other pieces of community created content might not get updated – it is up to the content creators. Some guides age very well (usually guides on more broad topics), while other become redundant with new patches. If a piece of content becomes redundant and doesn’t get updated we usually remove it from our library.
Yes, we pay pros and semi-pros a percentage of the sales of their products depending on their involvement – the more work they do, the larger the percentage. Writers, editors, video editors, designer, etc. we pay for work done (unless they are our full-time employees, in which case they survive on celery…
I mean they receive a salary.).
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