Game Overview / synopsis

Dota 2 is one of the world’s most popular competitive games. Having launched fully in 2013, the game has gone on to offer the highest esports tournament prize pool in the world.

The International, the biggest annual tournament in Dota 2, had a combined prize pool of $34.3m in 2019. It started at $1.6m, and increased via a portion of in-game purchases made by players.

It’s one of the most played titles with some 9m players as of December 2019, and is also one of the most watched games on streaming platform Twitch.

Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game like League of Legends, with players able to choose from more than 100 playable heroes. Two teams of five must compete with one another – the winner being the first to enter the opposing team’s stronghold and destroy their ancient.


Dota is a competitive game of action and strategy, played both professionally and casually by millions of passionate fans worldwide. Players pick from a pool of over a hundred heroes, forming two teams of five players. Radiant heroes then battle their Dire counterparts to control a gorgeous fantasy landscape, waging campaigns of cunning, stealth, and outright warfare.

Irresistibly colorful on the surface, Dota is a game of infinite depth and complexity. Every hero has an array of skills and abilities that combine with the skills of their allies in unexpected ways, to ensure that no game is ever remotely alike. This is one of the reasons that the Dota phenomenon has continued to grow. Originating as a fan-made Warcraft 3 modification, Dota was an instant underground hit. After coming to Valve, the original community developers have bridged the gap to a more inclusive audience, so that the rest of the world can experience the same core gameplay, but with the level of polish that only Valve can provide.

Get a taste of the game that has enthralled millions.

Platform: PC
Typical game length: 30-45mins
Players: 5v5
Genre: MOBA
Price: Free to play (includes microtransactions)
Publisher: Valve
Notable tournaments: The International, ESL One, WESG, various majors
Popularity: 9m players in the last month (Dec 2019)
Twitch: Around 100k viewers per day (link)
Launched: July 2013 (full launch, not including beta)
Pegi age rating: N/A (British Esports recommends around 12+, like similar title League of Legends)

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