Wait, how many people are playing Dota 2?
The MOBA, or multiplayer online battle arena, genre of games is becoming increasingly popular. Finding its roots in StarCraft map “Aeon of Strife” and later the Warcraft 3 mod that gave its original popularity a name in “Defense of the Ancients” it’s now one of the most played types of games in the world. Just how popular?
In a completely unrelated-to-stats blog post, Valve (curators of the now acronym-free Dota 2) has put its popularity in to numbers. According to the gaming software giant they’re now logging over 3 million unique players every month, for a ridiculous total thus far of over 100,000,000 games played. If too many zeroes hurts your head, that’s one. hundred. million.
That’s a pretty staggering number, considering the game’s officially still in closed beta, though I don’t really think there’s anybody left on the planet who doesn’t have a beta key or seven. That’s 3 million people, every month, playing a game that’s not actually out yet.
“The Dota 2 community is blossoming into a beautiful flower,” says Valve.
That’s one hell of a big flower.
Have you been playing Dota 2 – or does your favour lie with the other big games in the genre; League of Legends and Heroes of Newirth?