Dota 2 Makes It’s Long Awaited Official Release

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Its not secret to anyone who owns a PC and uses Steam that Dota 2 has been booming over the last year, becoming the most played game on Steam and claiming the title of the biggest community that Valve has had to deal with.

Lately, a few sources had claimed that Dota 2 will be making its long-awaited release before Valve’s annual tournament, The International. Just yesterday, Dota 2’s Official site changed their page title and has announced to the world that “The Beta is Over”.

Dota itself started out as a mod, created by Blizzard’s Warcraft 3 players, based on a Starcraft map called,  DotA – it quickly became one of the most popular maps played on Battle.net, with the first version released in 2003. The mod had a huge following, practically creating an entire genre, later influencing many games, such as Demigod, Heroes of Newerth and League of Legends.

With the game losing its popularity, Valve had seized the opportunity and recruited IceFrog, who had been working on the project since 2005, to develop a standalone game, bringing the depth of Dota, its amazing gameplay and mechanics to the source engine, giving it a nice, clean, modern look.

While in beta, players were able to sign up to test the game and selectively receive invites from Valve. I’ve personally received mine in December, 2011 and have since put in way over 3500 hours into the game, having switched from other competitive titles. Over 3 and a half million players have participated in the beta and I’ve gotta say, this launch has been one of the most seamless transitions that I’ve ever experienced in my gaming career.

Valve is making sure that all the current player base keep their uninterrupted access, while allowing new players to download and play the game.

You can click on the “Get Dota 2” button on the Valve website and you will be placed in a queue to download the game. Once it is your turn, you will receive an email letting you know you’re in.

This is a smart strategy, that will prevent any server overloads and prevent launch day issues that have happened with other games over the course of the last couple years. (Yes, Diablo and SimCity, I’m looking your way..). Valve have also posted some images of their data centers, which look impressive to say the least.

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There’s an F.A.Q. available on the Dota 2 Blog for you to read if you have any questions about the launch. The recent addition of an in-game tutorial allows new players to get a feel for the game and learn the ropes. Unlike many games, Dota 2 doesn’t have a learning curve, it has a learning cliff, but the satisfaction of grasping this game is completely unmatched and will have you hooked for a long time.

Many players that have turned professional have been playing this game for nearly a decade and the eSports scene for Dota 2 looks bright and promising. You should check out this documentary made by joinDOTA.com, one of the largest Dota 2 news outlets.

 

Valve directly supports the competitive Dota 2 scene, hosting a prestigious annual tournament for 16 best teams in the world, called The International, with a prize pool that has reached over $2.5 million this year. Hundreds of thousands of fans tune in to watch the tournament, supporting their favorite players from around the world with the game’s standard-setting built in spectator features.

This is one of the few games that I can really call “free to play”, as it doesn’t give you any advantages over other players when you purchase anything from the Dota 2 store, nor does it require you to pay to unlock playable content like levels or characters. Items purchased are cosmetic only, with some of them created by users and voted into the game by the community on the Steam Workshop, sharing profit from the item sales with the item’s creator.

If you have not done so yet, make sure you check out this remarkable, truly free to play game and see you on the battlefield!