DOTA 2 peak concurrent player number on Steam 2016-2020

First released in July 2013, DOTA 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena that was created as a sequel to Defense of the Ancients (DotA). Published by Valve Corporation, which is also the creator of the gaming platform Steam, DOTA 2 reached its record high peak concurrent player number in March 2016 at nearly 1.29 million gamers playing at the same time. In the last measured month, August 2020, the game peaked at over 660 thousand concurrent players.

One of the biggest games on Steam

With the number of monthly active users of DOTA 2 regularly exceeding 11 million, the game is one of the most popular on offer on the Steam platform. DOTA 2 was the second most played game on Steam in 2018, beaten only by PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in terms of peak number of concurrent players and hourly average number of players.

Big money to be won at DOTA 2 tournaments

As with a lot of the most popular shooter games on PC and console, there is serious money to be won by players who are at the top of their game in DOTA 2. The cumulative DOTA 2 tournament prize pool worldwide in 2018 stood at a cool 41.4 million U.S. dollars. The biggest DOTA 2 tournament is the The International championship, which took place in Vancouver, Canada in 2018. The prize pool for the eighth edition of The International was 25.53 million U.S. dollars, the largest prize pool to date. With such big sums at stake, it is no surprise that viewers watch in their millions to find out who will come out on top. Some 15 million viewers tuned in to The International in 2018 to watch Europe-based team, OG, take home the big prize.

Monthly number of peak concurrent players of DOTA 2 on Steam worldwide as of August 2020

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Release date

September 2020



Survey time period

January 2016 to August 2020

Special properties

figures are estimates

Supplementary notes

Figures were rounded.

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