Defense of the Ancients 2, more commonly known as DOTA 2, was first officially released in July 2013 by Valve Corporation, after two years of beta testing. The title is a sequel to DotA, which started as a modification for Warcraft III ten years earlier. It is a free-to-play MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) video game where two teams consisting of five players must defend the Ancient - a protected structure located in their base. Each player controls a hero with unique skills and style of play and collects experience points and items that help them defeat the opposing team’s heroes.
Despite its free-to-play (F2P) model, DOTA 2 remains a profitable title for Valve. In 2017, DOTA 2 ranked among the leading MMO games based on revenue. At that time it generated 406 million U.S. dollars worldwide, which is not a bad result for an F2P game. Among MOBA games, DOTA 2 was estimated to hold a 14 percent share of the market’s revenue in the same year, second only to League of Legends.
Users and usage
Defense of the Ancients 2 is one of the most popular eSports games in the world. Every year DOTA 2 tournaments attract hundreds of competitors and millions of viewers. In fact, The International (TI) – DOTA’s annual championship - ranks amidst the most watched eSports tournaments worldwide. TI 8, which took place in Canada in August 2018, attracted approximately 14.96 million peak concurrent viewers from all over the world. That same tournament had more than 730 thousand peak concurrent viewers on Twitch alone. The reason why DOTA 2 eSports events are highly popular among professional players is the prize pool offered by Valve. Unlike Riot Games (the publisher responsible for League of Legends tournaments), which focuses on providing players with a salary, Valve aims for raising the prize pools via direct or crowd-funding. DOTA’s 2018 championship’s prize pool reached 25.5 million U.S. dollars. Consequently, DOTA’s players rank as the highest earning eSports players worldwide.
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