Out Of Nowhere, Valve Officially Launches Dota 2
Literally, out of nowhere, Valve has shut down the two year beta of Dota 2 and officially made the game a free-to-play offering on Steam. The extremely popular MOBA can now be downloaded and played in its final form, although there is a little bit of a catch.
Remember the waves in which people were slowly, and then ridiculously, invited into the beta? Well, that seems to be happening again, with players only able to apply for a spot in the queue, with thousands already waiting for access to the final game. Valve has stated that this is to prevent server crashes, as the game currently holds the largest active community on Steam. No surprises there, but you would’ve expected Valve to at least plan for more server space after a two year head start, no?
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Regardless, anyone can hop onto Steam and apply to get in, with Valve promising that the first wave of invites will come later this week.
The release of Dota 2 comes just weeks before the start of the International, a Dota tournament hosted by Valve themselves that pits the best teams in the world against each other. This year the International managed to bring together a prize pool of over $2 million. Who said eSports isn’t a growing phenomenon.
Excited that Dota 2 is officially out or does it really make no difference other than having to wait to play again? Let us know in the comments below.