Valve officially launches Dota 2

Following a two-year beta period, Dota 2 officially becomes free to play on Steam; initial launch period to introduce new users in waves.

After two years in beta, Dota 2 has been officially launched by Valve as a free-to-play game via digital distribution platform Steam.

According to an announcement made on the official Dota 2 blog, the game currently holds the largest active community on Steam. Due to the size of the user base, Dota 2’s official launch will be conducted in waves.

Players who are interested in picking up the free-to-play game can access it via the Dota 2 Steam page and join the launch queue, which is introducing new players in waves to accommodate anticipated server spikes.

Valve expects to start rolling out entry for new users “this week”.

Dota 2 combines action and real-time strategy elements in multiplayer matches that pit teams of player-controlled heroes against one another. The game includes integrated voice chat and the option to play against AI-controlled heroes.

Valve’s Dota 2 eSports tournament "The International 3" accrued a prize pool of more than $2 million due to contributions from the community. The prize pool will go towards the event, which is the third in a series of annual tournaments and will run from August 7-11 in Seattle this year.

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Zorine “harli” Te is a long time competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

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eyematter
eyematter

I've been playing dota for almost 8 years, with over 1500 wins out of 2200 games on dota 2. I don't know why I love this game so much, something about it is just mesmerizing. After War3 dota, I started playing LoL because it was newer and more or less the same game. But I havn't played LoL  since dota 2 beta came out 2 years ago. What blows my mind, is that 38 million people world wide play that game. Its more or less easy mode dota.

The only bad thing about dota 2 is the community. If you guys thought the trash talking in Call of duty or halo was bad, you guys havn't heard anything yet. 

FEED THE RAGE!!!!  

SirLechuga
SirLechuga

Dota 2????? gimme HL3 fuckers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pete5506
Pete5506

Still waiting on Phoenix Valve 

arisgald
arisgald

To anyone new to this game genre and want to play this.... I suggest to either play with bots for a while to get used to the UI/STORE/ITEM BUILDS/GAMEPLAY before going ONLINE.... Also i suggest that you play with a friend who is either new/have some experience to this game..... HAVE LOT OF PATIENCE/STEAL HEART COZ YOUR IN FOR A **** FEST but you can just mute/ignore them anyway....... If your lucky enough in SOLO QUE, sometimes you can have a good team but sometimes bad too so its 50/50.....

str8killa007
str8killa007

First of all ,, i really want to know why so many players (sometime +300,000) play this crap ,, maybe it has some good aspects of strategy but why the huge numbers . 

2nd thing ,, the free to play thing destroys every thing at least to me when i tried it for 3 hours . 

3rd thing ,, i know there are some huge fans of this game but please guys: take it easy when talking and showing off about this cuz alot and alot of games are way better than this crap.


edpeterson
edpeterson

It's funny hearing this after everyone I know has had the game for a while now lol. Still, nice to hear that it officially got released!

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

Finally. I am going to try it and I think this game is going to pick up popularity pretty quick maybe it will get to lol size.

cuddlyfuzzle
cuddlyfuzzle

OMG I'm in! I take back half the things I've ever said about you VALVe. 

good night

monster637
monster637

Or my fave is i worked the middle all the way to the end and have no big score because im not farming, all the elites hiding in there lanes wanna rush into my lane and use my cleared out route why they worried about the k/d ratio at the end and act like they put in work bring towers down, then look at my score and say im ass even though i cleared the way to victory........good times

_el_Greco_
_el_Greco_

Well, it's good that it's finally here I suppose.  I might check it out...  Though I'm a bit weary to be starting on a new moba after I've invested so much time in League of Legends.  I also wish the heroes in Dota2 were more interesting in terms of design...

canelacandy
canelacandy

For anyone trying this game, just mute the trolls and add the friendly guys, yes, the community sucks, but you can simply ignore them, there is no reason for their words to affect you.

Bregzeinkul
Bregzeinkul

If you are new to game, better grab yourself some pals who know how to play it and stack with them in pub.

Otherwise, good luck learning on your own. 

wexorian
wexorian

Sucks to be Dota fan hahahahahaha :)

Zaknaifen
Zaknaifen

Good luck to all those starting up DOTA 2. It's a long arduous journey filled with trolls and griefers (use that mute button!), but once you start to learn the game's nuances and find some cool people to play with, it makes the game all worth while. 

Just don't expect to walk into your first game and completely own with Invoker....or Meepo.

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

i think this game would be much better without unlockables 

being able to customize your character from the start would sound reasonable to me 

cause hell, it's an RTS for crying out load, if i want my character to look different valve to should give me the option to, they are just greedy for cash. 

also the design of the heroes in 2 looks like crap, the "monster heroes" look ridiculess and the two factions are boring 

it's just my opinion of course, but i still play dota 1 on warcraft's severs 

lingo56
lingo56

@str8killa007 They're not crap they're great games with lots of attention to detail (So much it was in beta for 2 years). You can call it crap but there are little games to me that feel more rewarding than Dota. And I really don't get how F2P destroys it for you, the game would've been exacly the same if it was paid just minus the item finding.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@str8killa007 Heck, I'm still trying to figure out how World of Warcraft is 10 times more popular than City of Heroes ever was.

arisgald
arisgald

@str8killa007 1. They are ARTS/MOBA lovers. This game or kind of game has its own unique genre which is not crap and somehow new to the masses compared to those repeatative shooters that does not have any strategy but just shoot shoot shoot.

2. Valve maybe able to handle Dota 2 as F2P game pretty well just like TF2 with the help of mods/cosmetics/community. If you didnt like this kind of game after 3 hrs then i guess this isnt your thing unless you got friends to team up and play with rather than random que solo which is sometimes a pain in the ass if teamed up with jackasses.

3. This kind of game is hard in team play competitiveness hence some/most players specially those competitive ones talk harsh when you make a mistake unless your a newb where some do tend to  understand that you are still new to/learning this game unless you act like a pro. Tell me what  game are better in this genre??? 

lingo56
lingo56

@_el_Greco_ I personaly like the art style better than lol but I guess everyone has their cup of tea. However some of the older heroes are getting redone as they have poor textures and designs.

Zaknaifen
Zaknaifen

@_el_Greco_  Care to eleborate on "more interesting in terms of design." ? I'm thinking about heroes between LoL and Dota2 and there are certainly similarities and differences for hero styles and abilities. It's also the same in that there are simple heroes (Drow / Ashe) and more complex ones ( Invoker / Orianna).

shafe-man
shafe-man

@canelacandy The problem I have is I always expect myself to naturally be better than the average gamer online, and sometimes consider myself to be pretty good (as in, I expect a 1+ k/d in shooters like CS and similar performance in other online games), but in Dota and LoL I'm probably in the lower 10%, and the only way to get better is to keep playing. I don't think I can take all those constant losses until I (hopefully) get better. A 1 hour difficulty curve I can take, but 15 hours plus (for one character!) is just plain scary.

shafe-man
shafe-man

@Zaknaifen Beginner's Tip: Stay away from Invoker and other high-end players. Even if you eventually (dozens of hours) learn how to use a difficult character well, you might still get owned; Dota is a balanced game, so you have just as much of a chance to win with an "easy" character than a difficult one (if a little more of a chance, simply because it's also more difficult to learn how to respond to someone like Invoker).

arisgald
arisgald

@thequickshooter Dude all heroes are free except the cosmetics/hero costumes which doesnt affect the outcome of the game unlike LoL. Though you still have to farm inorder to get those costumes but being able to use all the hero is the most important thing anyway.

The-Turbulence
The-Turbulence

@thequickshooter Reading comments like yours I wonder where you were when inteligence was handed out.... You are given the option. You dont have to buy any cosmetic, the game is the same as dota 1. The developer has to make money too(I guess you have no clue how much they invested in making the game). 90% of the Dota community is HAPPY, VERY HAPPY with Dota 2, unfortunatelly the haters are the ones who make sure their voice is heard. Don't worry, we dont mind, the Earth needs idiots on her too.

_el_Greco_
_el_Greco_

@thequickshooter I agree entirely about how bland the characters in this game look...  I don't know what it is, but Valve really bombed when it comes to cool character designs and concepts for Dota2.  The only characters that look decent are the ones that remained somewhat true to the original Warcraft 3 designs.  The rest are an amalgam of horrible ideas done in haste.

On the other hand, I disagree that Valve should give players the ability to customize their characters.  Sure, that would be a nice thing to have, but like you said, it's an RTS game...  or a moba, better said, but not an RPG.  It can be argued that character customization in such games is irrelevant.

_el_Greco_
_el_Greco_

@lingo56  Hey, if you like it that's great.  Even though some of us don't like the overall character designs now, the nice thing is that redesigns can always be found at the workshop.  In time, the face of the game may change drastically if players buy out different models.  I personally really like the environment though...  just not the characters.  

Also, I never compared the art style of LoL with that of Dota 2 and said that I like one over the other.  The thread simply degenerated due to people assuming that I was making comparisons.

_el_Greco_
_el_Greco_

@Zaknaifen  Yeah, sorry about that, I meant art design.  Gameplay-wise they may be great.  But I was talking in terms of how the look.  They're the most nonsensical and random looking characters I've seen since Dragon Ball Z villains.

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

@arisgald @thequickshooter but the "orc" and monster heroes look like crap 

coming from dota 1 it's hard to adjust myself to the horrible hero design 

i wouldn't mind paying for the game, in fact i would prefer TO pay for it so they can't make any unlockables 

have everything right from the start 

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

@The-Turbulence @thequickshooter 

first off you didn't read my comments right 

i said that the monster heroes looks like crap due to a bad hero design 

in 1 they all looked pretty decent, but in 2 the heroes design is pretty ridiculess 

i was saying that the game should be 30$ but you can customize all of your characters 

making it pay2customize making it much more expansive then 30$

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

@Link3301 @thequickshooter did you knew they made money off selling "deluxe" editions of dota 2 that comes with customizeable items? 

also it's not their idea, it's icefrog's 

the engine is theirs, but not the original idea, they shouldn't deserve to make money of something they didn't come with 

also if this game costed money but i could customize my hero 

then i would agree with that. 

lingo56
lingo56

@undyingRuin @lingo56 @SirLechuga Because they want to create a new engine that will sustain them just as long as Source did. Engines take time to develop especialy "groudbreaking" ones.

undyingRuin
undyingRuin

@lingo56 @undyingRuin @SirLechuga Well why can't we have both? :P  I mean there's already so much hype built up around HL3, they wouldn't have any trouble marketing it.  Especially if they release it for the new-gen consoles, I think they'd make a killing off it.  Besides, they already have Dota 2 finished, why not let the community have their fun with that for awhile and focus their energy in other areas?

lingo56
lingo56

@undyingRuin @lingo56 @SirLechuga They might but unless there's a consistant multiplayer they would still get more money from Dota 2 and people paying through micro-transaction. Plus it gives the people who make the in-game models from the workshop a job and really good pay aswell.

The-Turbulence
The-Turbulence

@str8killa007 @canelacandy somebody is butthurt... I guess you watched too much League(no offense to the players but the game IS repetative). On the other hand str8killa you dont understand the game, no one blames you for that, but that doesnt mean that you have to come here and try to bash on the revoultionary game(I'm talking about Dota 1) which was ported by Valve

lingo56
lingo56

@_el_Greco_ @lingo56 I think the main reason people are replying to you with think you were compairing them (Incuding me) really was just because you mentioned LoL. Hard mentioning two games that are so similar yet so different without compairing the two side by side.

_el_Greco_
_el_Greco_

@shafe-man  Look, there's no point in your getting upset over something I wrote to someone else, and if I did upset you, I apologize.  I answered his remark the way I did because I tend to get upset as well when people start trolling me or when they just want to start an argument with me for the sake of arguing.  My overall point, which I still stand by, is that Dota 2's character art design for the most part is mediocre.  If you completely disagree, that's fine, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.  However, I think that in art, just like in almost every other subject, not everything is relative and based on people's opinions; absolute judgment is possible.  And by visual arts criteria and standards, most Dota 2 characters are mediocre.  (Now, an example of good character art on Valve's part was TF2; again, I'm underlining this so that people can see that I personally have nothing against Valve).  With regards to "flaunting" my occupation, you are right.  There's no need in doing that as that can only make me look like a douchebag.  It was just a bad instinct the moment I sensed that he might try to BS me further.  I also have nothing against new people on the forums and I'm far from being an internet elitist.  I just suspected him of being someone working in PR, hired to post that comment.

shafe-man
shafe-man

@_el_Greco_ Talk about overreacting. The guy's general diction was very civil; "I might argue", "a matter of opinion", "in my mind at least". Then you went along and answered with the most intense comment possible. You took his use of "different approach" and somehow made an insult out of it, and then went on to write an entire paragraph in response. And your first point doesn't make any sense; "I didn't mention LoL at all, except that I mentioned it and even said I was invested in it." Your "The topic was Dota 2 art design" comment was uncalled for, the dude talked about NOTHING else. Calm the fudge down, it's obvious you've come back from some angry Dota vs. LoL threads or possibly even this comments section and are a bit angry, but don't take it out on this guy.


And what's with your 3rd point? A valid argument is now invalid because of his GameSpot level? Almost as sad as people who hate younger gamers, we were all young once and we all started off as a level 1 on GameSpot at one point or another. Stop acting so elitist.

(A 3D artist with a background in art and architecture? Really? Thanks for flaunting that around, really proved your point. /s)

_el_Greco_
_el_Greco_

@The-Turbulence  Why are most of you so damn short-sighted when it comes to games?  Is your fanboy-ism so severe that you can't focus on what's actually being discussed?  Stop thinking in X company vs Y company.

1. I didn't mention anything about LoL other than the fact that I play it.  (The topic was Dota 2 art design).

2. As a 3D artist with a background in art and architecture, I think I know a thing or two about art design.  Don't bullsh** me on Valve using a "different approach" in the characters of the game, you don't know what you're talking about.  Simply put, Valve's art direction with Dota 2 characters is mediocre.  (If you'd be talking about TF2 or their other games, you'd have a point).

3. You're not fooling anyone with your level 1 Gamespot account you just created today in order to promote the game.  Go PR somewhere else.

The-Turbulence
The-Turbulence

@_el_Greco_ @Zaknaifen Valve uses different aproach in designing the heroes of the game. I might argue that the "sexy girl" design of League is juvenile. They smash every possible thing into the game from baseball skin to firefighter. It's a matter of oppinion. In my mind at least Dota2 has consistency in terms of hero design

lingo56
lingo56

@thequickshooter @The-Turbulence You can earn every item in the game by playing it. And if you find an item you don't like you can trade it or delete it (deleting items gives you a small chance to get one that's better, it's a very small chance though).

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

@ThKng @thequickshooter @The-Turbulence

''So that would be a terrible model for a online game with customization.'' 

are you high or something? they can make those userbased cusmtomizeables FREE 

if i payed for the game, they could just include it with the updates 

your nothing but a lousy valve fanboy who justify this sort of practice (what can you say for TF2 hmm?) 

i don't give a crap that it's free, warcraft 3 bundle costs about 20$ tops and it gives me more then just dota 

but yaeh it has limited features but at least the heroes are well designed 

so i'll await your reply to see what you got to say for yourself 

ThKng
ThKng

@thequickshooter @The-Turbulence If they charged $30 upfront everyone would get maybe 2 standard sets per hero, and they wouldn't make anymore items because they wouldn't make any more money off of them. 

Everyone having access to the exact same items also defeats the point of customization as well. So that would be a terrible model for a online game with customization.

The gameplay in dota doesn't change the slightest bit when you pay so, it cost you $0 to play the game and you get a few random items along the way. I don't see how that's a scam?

They're giving you a free game with no restrictions. Stop complaining about it and If you don't like it don't play it.

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

@_el_Greco_ yeah i played a bit of dota 2 

besides the new engine and graphics (and the horrible monster heroes design) 

the difference is very little, and the option to customize your characters are endless 

meaning they could make a lot more then a mere 30$ for a moba game 

i saw through their bullshit pretty easily, free2play is still a scam no matter the company's name


_el_Greco_
_el_Greco_

@thequickshooter  I see what you're saying now...  At least give us character customization and have the game sold at a base price rather than making money constantly off it through cosmetic things.  Normally, I'd say you have no right to ask them to do things differently.  But since Dota2 draws so much from the original Dota creators and from Blizzard's Warcraft 3, you are right that Valve worked very little for this game.  The whole Dota2 matter is rather complicated...

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

@canelacandy @Link3301 @thequickshooter 

it's not their idea, hell it was created through icefrog's help like the other moba games 

sure they worked on the engine, and all other stuff 

but then again, i wouldn't mind to pay for a game that i would like, making it free2play 

is pay2customize 

and those games are off my list of interest