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Dota 2 comes out of beta, goes back in, and launches

Wednesday, 10th July 2013 01:30 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Dota 2 has launched after two years of beta testing – but you’ll have to sign on to a waiting list to get in.

“During a two year beta, Dota 2 grew to be the largest active community on Steam ever, with an monthly user base over 3 million users, and peak concurrent users of over 300,000,” Valve wrote in an announcement post heralding the MOBA’s release.

“The feedback from these users has put Dota 2 in position to welcome everyone to come play, as we move from beta to launch.”

This doesn’t mean it’s a free-for-all on the client, though; because Dota 2 already commands a huge audience, it will be opened in waves to the general public.

To get in on the action, you’ll need to visit Steam and click the “Get Dota 2″ button. You’ll be added to a launch queue, and emailed when a position is available for you. Emails will being arriving this week.

“Simply put, we want to smooth out the traditional launch spike, but at the same time allow anyone to come in and try out Dota 2,” Valve explained.

“Dota 2′s user base is already larger than any game we’ve ever made, and it continues to grow.”

Valve has added capacity to its servers worldwide, and is ready to add more if required.

“These servers represent the ability to host an additional 450,000 players concurrently. Our worldwide active user base is roughly twelve times the peak concurrency,” the developer added, explaining that working out where and when extra servers is needed is tricky.

If you didn’t cash in a Dota 2 invite, it’s no good to you now, unfortunately, and you can’t buy your way in. However, new players will be added as and when Valve is sure servers can handle the strain.

Once you get in, you’ll have to play through a tutorial section, which is probably a good idea anyway given how steep the MOBA learning curve can be. You can then elect to practise against bots, including with a group of friends, before you jump into live multiplayer.

Valve has posted an FAQ providing more information.

Original story:

Earlier today, Dota 2 came out of beta, making itself available to all comers on Steam – as opposed to being locked up behind an invite wall, not that any of us are short on the damn things. Unfortunately, it looks like Valve made a mistake, as it almost immediately pushed the MOBA right back into testing; the eagle eyes at IGN spotted it anyway.

Valve recently released a series of tutorials and a practice map for Dota 2, as well as teaming up with Twitch to heal the livestream community rift.

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  1. Tavarish

    Those who had beta access got immediately access to “retail” version.

    #1 9 months ago
  2. Brenna Hillier

    Updated because Valve went ahead with the launch.

    #2 9 months ago
  3. taylorlauder

    Seriously? It took them 2 years just to release the game ‘officially’.

    This is what happens when a corporation gobbles up a community-centric game.

    #3 9 months ago
  4. noherczeg

    @3 ANY living person could get in in this past 2 years if he/she would wanted to. I had like 20 beta invites and the last time I checked wasn’t even in this month so this whole “closed beta” thing was just crowd control, that’s all.

    ps: the advancement from day 0 beta (I’ve been there since) and the current state of the game is soo huge, noone should blame them for it because it took so long. Also, the feature implementations were visible to the public, and there were not like in e.g. Diablo 3 <_<

    #4 9 months ago
  5. Erthazus

    3 million users in one month and 300K only? =/

    That’s just not really good. In comparison League of legends is 500K people in one region with 12 million units in one day with 70 million registrations.

    #5 9 months ago