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Dota 2 beats League of Legends as most played PC game

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After many attempts I have given up on ditching my Dota 2 addiction. I’ve literally spent hundreds of hours playing it, and apparently so have the rest of the world. According to a report from DFC Intelligence, Dota 2 has passed League of Legends as the most played PC game in the West.

GamesIndustry reports that in Valve’s Dota 2 is the most played “core” PC title according to the DFC Intelligence report; the report combines data from multiple sources through its PC game Meter service, which includes real-time stats from Xfire’s 23 million users. The top three most played games were Dota 2, league of Legends and in third place World of Warcraft, although the free-to-play MOBA’s numbers far surpassed that of Blizzard’s subscription based MMO.

Oddly enough, according to DFC analyst, Jeremy Miller, the increased popularity of Dota 2 hasn’t cut into the success of Riot’s League of Legends.

“Usage of League of Legends has been steady the past year and surprisingly the huge success of Dota 2 did not seem to cut into its popularity as much as would be expected,” he said.

It’s really strange to see two MOBA giants such as League of Legends and Dota 2 co-exist without cutting into each other’s popularity; this is something spectacular not only for gaming, but eSports. This means that the MOBA community is growing instead of just dividing under two titles, especially since both of them are based on the same WarCraft 3 mod, Defence of the Ancients.

How much space does this leave for other MOBA games in the future? Will Heroes of Newerth rise up again in popularity and what about Blizzard’s Blizzard All-Stars? Whether it is possible for more than two titles in this genre to be as successful as Dota 2 and League of Legends is doubtful. Only time will tell if the MOBA community will continue to grow, or whether it has reached a point of saturation. 

Last Updated: April 10, 2013


  1. Yolanda Green

    April 10, 2013 at 12:08

    That hero can be just incredible :O But then again, so can Axe, Bloodseeker, Lifestealer, Sniper, Viper… Just gotta know how to play them.


    • Ultimo_Cleric_N7

      April 10, 2013 at 13:25

      True. Viper is pretty awesome. Drow Ranger has been spammed to death :-(.


      • Matthew Figueira

        April 10, 2013 at 13:47

        Common SA pick that damn Drow Ranger 😛 not scared of her anymore at least 🙂


        • frikkenator

          April 10, 2013 at 14:01

          The only way to play pubs is to random 😉 But yea, I think I’m finally out of the skill bracket where every single game has a drow, sniper and riki. They’re so easily countered, yet people are so scared of them!


        • Yolanda Green

          April 10, 2013 at 14:04

          Drow Ranger is so over rated, don’t get me wrong, she’s a fun hero to play every now and then. But if you counter her, she’s useless. Not every one has the skill to truly master her. I hate Phantom Lancer like a million times more!


          • caponeil

            April 10, 2013 at 15:05

            Best counter to Drow – Spirit Breaker. I love him, walking TP!

          • Yolanda Green

            April 10, 2013 at 16:04

            Spirit Breaker has been my most successful hero 😀 Love him as a tank (agility focused) and damage powerhouse (strength focused).

    • 2scaly4j0o

      April 10, 2013 at 13:53

      All heroes can be imba depending on the enemy… 😛


  2. Slade Boender

    April 10, 2013 at 12:16

    LOL = No way man, dota is just too imba. Sigh. HOW???


    • frikkenator

      April 10, 2013 at 12:21

      It’s because Dota is a lot harder, so the get completely ravaged in the beginning, then they blame the game.


  3. Matthew Holliday

    April 10, 2013 at 12:22

    About time.


  4. CrasH

    April 10, 2013 at 12:36

    Still think blizzard are kicking themselves, knowing that IceFrog and the Dota 1 community pleaded with them to support the mod, help develop and grow it and even think of building the mod into SC2 and they refused and said its just a mod and they have no affiliation with it.

    It’s funny, cause I believe no one even patented the name, accept when valve decided to approuch IceFrog. But in the end, i am glad Valve took it over instead of blizzard.

    Blizzard would have tweaked the game to be similiar to LOL where you can lvl and add runes to add micro stats, but it would be rare drops that would be sold on a RMA with a % comming to them, even after you paid for the game (or so i believe)


  5. Dawith

    April 10, 2013 at 12:38

    Its the END… RUN


  6. Joao

    April 10, 2013 at 13:29

    seems legit


  7. Matthew Figueira

    April 10, 2013 at 13:47

    Sheesh took everybody long enough to catch on xD


  8. Slade Boender

    April 10, 2013 at 14:17

    eeeeneeegmaaaaah ^^,


  9. Akeno Jensen

    April 10, 2013 at 16:36

    now wait till smite is bigger then all of them, its the funnest moba ive played.


  10. Guillermo Lamphar

    April 10, 2013 at 17:07

    I didnt see this coming.


  11. Anon

    April 11, 2013 at 00:59

    I love how Riot is so mad that they are challenging them. Trash company is trash


    • Mark Treloar

      April 11, 2013 at 08:15

      Except Roit reports Wordwide concurrent users over 5 million. While Steam can match those stats for online players, most of those players are not playing DOTA.


  12. MingFun

    April 23, 2013 at 19:38

    seems cool

    PC Gaming


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