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?