Wait, how many people are playing Dota 2?

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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?

Last Updated: January 21, 2013

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Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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