Dota 2 beats own Steam record for most concurrent users

Player peak coincides with eSports tournament.

Free-to-play MOBA Dota 2 has topped its own record for the most concurrent players active on Valve's digital distribution platform Steam.

Dota 2 peaked at 329,977 players on Saturday, May 18, according to player tracker Steamgraph, beating its own 297,000 concurrent player record set in March.

The player peak took place during the Western Qualifiers for Valve's upcoming eSports tournament The International. Valve has been incentivising players to tune into the International matches through the Dota 2 client itself by offering potential in-game item drops and an interactive compendium.

German team Mousesports won The International Western Qualifiers on Sunday with a 3-1 defeat of French team dd in a best-of-five final. The team previously lost to dd in the upper bracket semifinals of the double-elimination tournament.

The Eastern Qualifiers for The International 2013--which take place in August and now have a total prize pot of over $2 million--are running until the end of this week.

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Bregzeinkul
Bregzeinkul

I'm going to be an asshole and demand the use of ARTS instead of MOBA 

XD

ken_archer17
ken_archer17

Gamespot please research first before posting this article.

First, the West Qualifiers finals was Mousesports vs DD.Dota winning 3-1 in a best of five series.

Second, RoX.Kis was defeeated by Mousesports in the lower bracket.

Third, East Qualifiers is currently on-going. It will end next week. The event in August will be the wildcard, playoffs & grand finals matches.

Tones1989
Tones1989

Forget comparing LoL to Dota. But surely it's not coincidence there was a new high during a period when the european servers for LoL were completely screwed. I saw a lot of people on the forums handing out keys to Dota this weekend due to this.

Eyal-KOKO-Stern
Eyal-KOKO-Stern

It was 3-1 not 3-0. 

Rox.Kis are really great, showing that especially in the game vs EG where they played remarkably, but Mouz were on an incredible stride and couldn't be stopped.

Also:
>Something about Dota in news.
>LoL vs Dota come up in comments.

I'm shocked!

MKID232
MKID232

Well Valve keeps giving people free tickets to give to friends to own DOTA 2, so maybe that's why it's getting a ton of people.

ranzikiel
ranzikiel

i play both LoL and DotA 2..
i play more of DotA than LoL..
LoL for me is a lot easier than DotA...

AliasPending
AliasPending

pretty sure it was 3-1 in the final which was mouzsports vs dd, but y'know whatever...

longtonguecat
longtonguecat

I wonder how popular it will get once it's out of Beta and being actively advertised on Steam....

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

just received this as a gift from someone on steam. :) downloading it.

wexorian
wexorian

Sad for dota fans Riot grabbed whole fame and opportunity when they developed game 3 year ago :)

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

Still surprises me Skyrim had 250,000, guess people like hunting dem dragons ...... & stealing sweetrolls.

wexorian
wexorian

200-300k max daily compared to Lol 12 million daily users can't compare :)

Voredor
Voredor

First blood on the sand strikes the perfect note

canelacandy
canelacandy

@ranzikiel I think it is kind of stupid to say one is easier unless you mastered, i mean, it is fucking pvp, saying lol is easy means that you are one of the top players.

elunesgraces
elunesgraces

@ranzikiel Dota 2's community is much better than LoLs. LoL honestly feels like CoD now in terms of 12 year-old demographic.

Zaknaifen
Zaknaifen

@SteamyPotatoes The longevity of Skyrim on steam is much greater since players are constantly putting out free downloadable content. Hell, Gamespot has still been making 'Top 5 Skyrim Mods' for the past several months.

wexorian
wexorian

@freonyl @wexorian because yo uare Fan of dota 2 before calling someone troll check my post

Axiom93
Axiom93

@somatzu @Axiom93 @wexorian haha, mask of madness is a pretty terrible item on drow. I was a noob and thought "lifesteal? hell ya!" i know better now XD. Drow needs to farm lots of stat items to be effective endgame or supports will just two shot her on sight.

Axiom93
Axiom93

@MN121MN @shreechandel @wexorian @freonyl Umm, ya..they didnot release all the heroes yet and are also adding these cool single player quests that act as tutorials. In time they will probably even have item crafting like tf2. They need to make the initiation process into dota less..harsh. Lol has never made me feel bad about myself while the 1st few dota games...humbles you..A LOT. T_T

Axiom93
Axiom93

@wexorian "peak concurrency is 3 million players" ..btw, i play lol more than dota, dont hate me but the only reason I play lol is cos my friends play it. Also, dota 2 is more fun to watch imo, but I suck at it....1st day got vlads on my drow ranger, and my team was like " Dude...uninstall" :S

wexorian
wexorian

@freonyl @wexorian It matters? still does not come near with 12 million and monthly 34, It's N1 with playerbase on PC.

freonyl
freonyl

@wexorian @freonyl eh....300k dota 2 players is taken  at one time ....LOL highest is 3m at one time ...12m is for the one day

Zheph
Zheph

@wexorian LoL is 3 years old, publicly available and F2P. DotA 2 is in closed beta. GG.