No More Sign-Ups: Valve Removes All Dota 2 Access Restrictions

Here are a couple numbers for you to chew on: 611,480 and 69,875.

Those numbers represent the peak player counts of the top two games on Steam so far today. The No. 1 slot belongs to Dota 2 with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive a from-here-to-the-moon distant second. I bring up the stats to demonstrate just how popular Valve’s MOBA is — nearly 10X more popular than any other game on Steam. And Valve is now prepared to welcome in even more would-be heroes.

In a post on the offical Dota 2 blog, Valve announced that its server management upgrades are complete and all access restrictions have been removed. Interested players can now jump in and play Dota 2 without the previously required sign-up, and the queue system has been 86ed.

That means it’s as good a time as any to get into the highly competitive free-to-play MOBA, even if you’re a newbie. Valve is even encouraging existing players to bring in their friends via a new recruitment system, which grants a battle bonus to all players who are playing with their new recruits until they hit level 10.

So what are you waiting for? Join the existing 6.5 million active monthly users and play some Dota 2.

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