13 Facts About Dota 2

1. Dota 2 is a 2013 multiplayer online battle arena video game developed and published by Valve.

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2. Dota 2 is played in matches between two teams of five players, with each team occupying and defending their own separate base on the map.

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3. Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena video game in which two teams of five players compete to destroy a large structure defended by the opposing team known as the "Ancient" whilst defending their own.

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4. Valve adopted the word "Dota 2", derived from the original mod's acronym, as the name for its newly acquired franchise.

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5. Dota 2 includes a seasonal Elo rating-based matchmaking system, which is measured by a numerical value known as "matchmaking rating" that is tracked separately for core and support roles, and ranked into different tiers.

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6. Dota 2 was first made available to the public at Gamescom in 2011, coinciding with the inaugural International championship, the game's premier esport tournament event.

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7. In December 2013, the final restrictions against unlimited global access to Dota 2 were lifted after the game's infrastructure and servers were substantially bolstered.

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8. In December 2016, Dota 2 was updated to gameplay version 7.00, known as "The New Journey" update.

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9. Martin Gaston of GameSpot complimented Valve for the artistic design and delivery of Dota 2, citing the execution of the user interface design, voice acting, and characterization as exceeding those of the game's competitors.

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10. In 2013, Dota 2 won the esport game of the year award from PC Gamer and onGamers.

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11. Month prior to its official launch, Dota 2 was already the most played game on Steam with a concurrent player count of nearly 330,000, which outweighed the number of players for the rest of platform's top ten most-played games combined.

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12. Popularity of Dota 2 led Valve to produce apparel, accessories, figurines, and several other products featuring the heroes and other elements from the game.

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13. Promotional tie-ins to other video games and media have been added to Dota 2, including custom Half-Life 2, Bastion, Portal, The Stanley Parable, Rick and Morty, Fallout 4, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and Darkest Dungeon announcer packs, which replace the game's default announcer with ones based on those franchises.

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