Dota 2 now available on Mac and Linux

Latest MOBA update also includes new Earthshaker model and effects, along with new user interface and gameplay tweaks.

Valve's MOBA title Dota 2 is now available for Mac and Linux users, thanks to a new update for the game.

Dota 2 is now compatible with Macs and Linuxes. Also, gameplay balances and UI tweaks.

The minimum requirements for the Mac version include the Mac OS X Lion 10.7, 4GB of RAM, 8GB of hard drive space, and an Nvidia 320M graphics card or higher. The minimum specs for the Linux version include the Ubuntu 12.04 OS, dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8GHz, 4GB of RAM, 8GB of hard drive space, an Nvidia GeForce 8600/9600GT card or higher, and an OpenAl compatible sound card.

The update also fixes the user interface, specifically adding automatic detection of GG calls in tournament and practice lobby matches, as well as adding a tournament drop for early roshan kills. In terms of visuals, players have access to a new Earthshaker model and effects. Abaddon's Borrowed Time effect and healing is more distinct.

Gameplay balances and fixes are added as well. For example, Medusa's Stone Gaze facing requirement is now taking distance into account once the debuff is added, while Omniknight's Guardian Angel spell now affects siege units.

The full list of changes in the new patch are listed on Valve's official Dota 2 blog.

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20 comments
larongemini
larongemini

Can't play it on 10.6. Please remove 10.7 requirement. T-T

sunbeam4
sunbeam4

GS need to update dota 2 patforms.

ps: plz do wakfu at the same time.

twistedface12
twistedface12

Tried it on my macbook pro, crashed when i started a match.

kelvynabreu
kelvynabreu

I am very glad that linux platform is being developed for concerning games.

I hope the others copy this and more and more games come on linux.

WereCatf
WereCatf

While I only run Linux on a server I am always happy to read news about popular, higher-end games being ported for Linux, it's good for the gamers and it's good for the industry to see that paying attention to portability is a worthwhile investment in time.

braqoon
braqoon

Played Dota Test and runs nicely on Linux (Slackware).

SkyAboveThePort
SkyAboveThePort

Good. I hate it to reboot into Windows just for a game of DOTA hehe Also if downloads are running it means stopping them. This update is much appreciated!

arqe
arqe

@WereCatf Dont think any other games will follow this path. Dota 2 is a game which you dont need sequel or anything. Its Dota 2 and always will be. So linux and mac only for popularity becouse they need money , game is free anyway.

Kakkoister
Kakkoister

@SkyAboveThePort You probably shouldn't be downloading while playing DotA though... it will increase your ping haha

Xenuri
Xenuri

@arqe@WereCatf 

Valve have ported all their games now including the SDK, Crytek will most likely port all the Crysis games over, then you have these upcoming games:

Planetary Annihilation, X series (inc Rebirth), Project Eternity,  Numenera, Wasteland 2, Satellite Reign, Star Citizen, Divinity: Original Sin

nombokdong
nombokdong

@arqe @WereCatf Steam for Linux was available the end of last year and now there are already more than 100 titles for Linux, some of them are sequels such as X3,  Trine, Wargame, Dungeon Defenders, etc. See it yourself.

You said only Dota 2? Other Valve games are already there ;)

I can say that as long as Valve is leading the charge, more and more games will be available on Mac & Linux in the future.

WereCatf
WereCatf

@arqe @WereCatf I cannot agree with you. The trend is slowly sliding towards cross-platform, like e.g. didn't you notice the news about Crytek-engine and the games coming to Linux, too? Valve is serious about supporting Linux and they're planning to release all of their future games for the platform and I'm seeing several other companies considering bucking the trend, too.

sunbeam4
sunbeam4

@arqe @WereCatf bought a dozen of indie games from steam this week (30£/40€/50$).

I own a x360. I think that M$ has done some great things for gaming. but they're M$, the x1 PR stunts are symptomatic of their greed. and inevitably the truth comes back with a bite.

PC user since round about 5-7. I do realize, that this penguin is going for a swim, fishing in the gaming industry.

all my PCs are now Open-Source and it fells great :-D. anyways most of my software was ported to windows so it was the logical coarse.

I rather get something, see how it works. work for it. keeping it running has a legacy to our peers. than pay ridiculous amount of $$ to be enslaved like pigs.

arqe
arqe

@WereCatf They will eventually of course its a platform no matter what. But not around the corner right now. Crytek taking the first step as Big one but they are just recruiting people. They will adapt the system to linux then games will start to build etc. etc. Its just long run. Also if Linux is gonna be another gaming platform they need to change some things first. Small differences sometimes annoys people. Even while surfing the web. Looks like windows but more complicated to use becouse we are bound to windows long time cuz of games.