With the Dota 2 coming in the near (yet unannounced) future, Valve’s decided to expand the current beta. Last night, Valve sent emails to many who’d expressed interest, asking them to take part in a survey assessing your hardware and your experience with the original DotA.  You don’t have to have received an email to participate, however, as Valve’s posted the link to the survey right on their official blog.

You’ll need to restart your Steam client for the survey to work (you may also need to post the link into “Run” under the Windows Start menu). It will ask for information about your Internet connection speed and then collect data on your hardware. What then follows is a surprisingly deep survey about your experience with DotA: questions about average gold acquired, average kills, which heroes you use, etc. Neophytes shouldn’t feel ashamed about admitting their ignorance to what any of this means. Valve claims that “the extra data the survey provides will allow us to ensure we invite a wide spread of players.”

To ensure a large mix of early testers, Valve will also be providing two extra copies of Dota 2 to each player selected. You’ll be able to gift these to your friends, which Valve hopes will foster the proper spirit of teamwork necessary for good DotA play.

Valve’s aiming to release Dota 2 before the end of 2011, but if you can’t wait and want in on this expanded beta you can take the survey here.

Source: Valve

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  • tipoo - Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - link

    The survey link doesn't seem to be working for me? Doesn't seem to work if I go on their site directly either though.
  • Proxy711 - Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - link

    Look at the link its Steam://takesurvey/1/

    So you need to have steam running in the background for it to work. its not really a URL.
  • tipoo - Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - link

    Oh ok, I'm on a university computer lol.
  • rscoot - Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - link

    Steam takes the snapshot of your system specs, then opens the website where you take the survey.
  • Azethoth - Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - link

    I was super pumped when I clicked on this and it opened in the same tab. Excitedly I clicked on a dailytech article and goddamn, same stupid garbage where it force opens a new tab.

    I wish Chrome had a way to disable this kind of bad user interface. I have a mouse with a forward and backward button for easy web navigation. Yet AnandTech purposely breaks this. It is the one thing I loath about this site. Endless dailytech tab spam.

    Each day this wastes my time and causes a low level of background anger. Now it is finally erupting.
  • crazysurfanz - Thursday, November 3, 2011 - link

    the survey link in the article is: steam://takesurvery/1/

    it should be: steam://takesurvey/1/

    using the latter worked for me.
  • slacr - Thursday, November 3, 2011 - link

    Didn't work at all in Chrome for me, opened IE and it worked instantly.
  • Grizzlebee - Thursday, November 3, 2011 - link

    Thank you! I didn't even notice the misspelling.
  • Craig Getting - Thursday, November 3, 2011 - link

    Thanks for the catch! Fixed in the article.
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