DOTA 2 is Steam’s Most Popular Game
Previously, Skyrim had managed to accumulate a concurrent user peak of 287,411 users, which marked the game as one of the platform’s biggest commercial successes. It met that number not too long after the game’s launch in late 2011.
DOTA 2 has beaten that record with 297,010 concurrent users on March 1—a number which is only expected to rise as more and more players are invited or buy their way into the game. The game’s popularity is only going to soar as it goes head to head with League of Legends and other up-and-coming MOBAs.
Much like the original Defense of the Ancients mod for Warcraft 3, DOTA 2 is built upon two teams of players made up of various heroes who struggle to defend their own side of the map while laying waste to the opposing end. As a direct sequel to the original game, DOTA 2 uses almost the exact same gameplay mechanics as its predecessor and builds upon the game in ways highly requested by the community for purposes of competitive gaming, and is built from the ground-up on a much better engine. Like Valve’s other title Team Fortress 2, the game is free to play and allows players to customize their characters through the purchase or in-game acquisition of vanity items such as hats, weapons, and armor—none of which have any bearing on the gameplay itself.