Free-to-play Dota 2, the immeasurably popular action RTS or Multiplayer online battle arena if you’re that sort of person, has until now been locked away behind a ridiculously long server queue. I didn’t have beta access, and applied soon after the game went live – but it took months of waiting. Now, there’s no more waiting.
Here’s what the Dota 2 blog had to say :
“For the past several months, access to Dota 2 has been granted through a queue system that gated entry into the community. We’ve used this system to gradually increase the size of our playerbase, as we ramped up our infrastructure and improved the experience for new players. As we have recently completed a set of server management upgrades as well as released a huge number of enhancements to the new user experience, we’re going to remove all restrictions to playing Dota 2.
Signups are no longer required to access the game, and we encourage everyone to join the 6.5 million active monthly users currently playing Dota 2. If you have a friend who hasn’t tried Dota 2 yet, be sure to take advantage of the new recruitment feature to get additional bonuses for both you and your friend.”
Funny thing is is that even though I’ve been granted access to the game, I have absolutely no desire to play it now. Maybe it’s because we want the things we can’t have, or maybe it’s just the game has a ridiculous learning curve, and I’m not in the mood to be reminded by the warm and loving Dota community how much of a n00b I am.
Either way, Dota 2 is now available to you all, if you want it. All you need to do is head to the Dota 2 page on Steam and get downloading.