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Dota 2 players outnumbered all 99 other games on Steam's most-played list put together today

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Press releases eventually slide out of inboxes; promo deals come and go. But Steam’s stat page is forever - a slowly-shifting stone tablet of absolute truths. 

Dota 2 has sat undisturbed at its topmost peak for many months now, but this morning the MOBA claimed another quiet victory. If you’d totted up the total player numbers for every other Steam game on the top 100 most-played list, they still wouldn’t have matched Dota’s concurrent roster of heroes.

When we last checked, 432,904 players were giving each other hell in the lanes of Dota 2.

We had a team of System Shock 2 monkeys with psionic calculators add up the player numbers for the games on the remainder of the list, and the total they came to was 424,473. That’s a gulf of 8,431 players.

Among that list are a number of Valve favourites, including all three versions of Counter-Strike, Team Fortress 2 and both Left 4 Deads.

Dota 2 also bests a Payday 2 bolstered by Steam community rewards, a Total War: Rome II: Emperor Edition replete with brand-new campaign map, and a just-released Shadow of Mordor.

That’s not to mention the evergreen likes of Civilization V, Football Manager 2014 and Skyrim - all of which you can find hanging about the top ten.

Here’s the killer question, though: are you playing Dota 2? And if not, why not? It's one of the best free games on PC, don'tcha know.

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PussyMonsta Avatar
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3 Years ago

Yes, I do play it. Really one of the best games you can play atm...

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Dog Pants Avatar
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3 Years ago

I play Dota 2 with friends at the weekend, mostly against bots. I like the cooperation it instils in us and the feeling of slow but perceptible improvement.

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_-+ Avatar
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3 Years ago

I.... errrrr.... might have 4250 hours in it....... errrr.... yea that

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tsilokki Avatar
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3 Years ago

How are you supposed to play micro management heroes with a centered camera view?

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QDP2 Avatar
961
3 Years ago

and somehow League of Legends still towers over Dota, it's crazy how large the audience is for MOBA's nowadays.

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Valisk Avatar
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3 Years ago

In Dota's defense, League has about three years up on it.

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QDP2 Avatar
961
3 Years ago

True, just to clarify I am a fan of Dota 2, just most of my friends play LoL so I have ended up playing it more than I play Dota.

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Alu Avatar
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3 Years ago

I think you got some fact's wrong there

There a more unique players playing Dota 2 then there are LoL players

Riot is just way better at marketing their product and creat awerness about it

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Gudgrim Avatar
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3 Years ago

It is hard to count the numbers when there are so many bot-accounts and smurfs, but from what we can gather from twitch and Douyu, there seems to be about twice as many lol players as there are dota players at the moment. Though there might be a bit of a difference in viewers and also viewer-bots, I think it is a slightly better tool for unique players then using LoL's statistics, which are lacking to say the least.

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QDP2 Avatar
961
3 Years ago

Based off there website (yes I get the stats are collected by Riot), League of Legends gets around 27 million player accounts used daily. Taking to account the fact that many players have more than one LoL account, there are still far more players on LoL than Dota 2. Only if each person playing LoL played on 63 accounts each day would Dota 2 have a larger player base.

Source: http://www.riotgames.com/our-games

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Vainqueur Avatar
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3 Years ago

Because it took to the market much earlier and is a much easier and more attractive game for the casual audiences. Dota 2 is a better game overall though (I'm talking about every facet combined).

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QDP2 Avatar
961
3 Years ago

Meh, I find it hard to say one game is better than the other, just the same as its hard to argue Android is better than Apple (or vice-versa). Personally I prefer LoL tho, for it feels more competitive to me. Also I prefer the feeling of earning your champions, rather than just having them all unlocked to begin with.

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Mooninaut Avatar
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3 Years ago

I don't want to play DOTA for the same reason I don't want to get repeatedly stabbed with forks by a group of small children. They both seem needlessly unpleasant and unrewarding to me.

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Vainqueur Avatar
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3 Years ago

Then don't play it. Nobody needs to know about that opinion of yours. :)

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QDP2 Avatar
961
3 Years ago

MOBA's can be great fun if you get into them. When losing, it can be an unpleasant feeling (if the opposing team is snobbish/bad winners), but winning gives you a remarkably large amount of satisfaction, knowing that your team and your enemies team started as equals yet as a team you've managed to pull ahead of them in direct competition with each other, and eventually destroy there base.

It's effectively taking the competitiveness of Wii family games, and replacing the random factors (like dice rolls) with player skill (i.e. reaction speed, reading the situation fast).

If your worried over snobbish players, I recommend you get into Dota, League of Legends feels more competitive to me (and hence I prefer it), but also definitely has the worse player base, with many rude and short-tempered players.

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Gudgrim Avatar
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3 Years ago

Yes I play dota, and I play it a lot. I also have been playing it from way back in late 2004, though I got to say I did try LoL for a couple of months while waiting for Dota2.

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Quantieme Avatar
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3 Years ago

I don't, I play Smite instead, but those are pretty crazy numbers

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Gnug315 Avatar
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3 Years ago

I don't play it solely because the viewing area / camera view is too small. I'm on a 4K screen and really don't understand why one must be crippled so? Camera panning is tedious, and could be rendered unnecessary with a much larger camera view + auto-tracking/center.

LoL's is a bit better, so I play that. A lot.

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Valisk Avatar
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3 Years ago

You know that you can lock the camera to your hero if you really want to, but you'd be hindering yourself in the longrun.

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Aldrenean Avatar
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3 Years ago

Play for a week and I guarantee you won't notice any more. You shouldn't use camera lock anyway regardless of which game you play; controlling what you can see and looking at other parts of the map are critical skills in LOMAs.

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Vainqueur Avatar
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3 Years ago

That's a pretty stupid reason to not play the game given that you can scroll and pain your camera around. Larger view distance is not available due to balancing issues.

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