As revealed last night Dota 2
is out of beta, and players are being added to Valve's free-to-play MOBA game.
This process had a bit of a false start last night, but things were straightened
out quickly enough. Here's the official announcement with word on how players
are being added gradually, as
July 9, 2013 - Valve, creators of best selling game franchises
(Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading
technologies (Source, Steam), today announced the public launch of the
highly-anticipated Dota 2.
During a two year beta, Dota 2 grew to be the largest active community in
Steam's history, with a monthly user base of more than 3 million users, and peak
concurrent users of over 300,000.
The feedback from these users has put Dota 2 in position to welcome everyone to
come and play, as we move from beta to launch. Given the size of the Dota
audience, the initial launch of the game will be done in waves. This will ensure
that existing Dota 2 users will keep playing without disruption, and new users
will be able to join the community seamlessly.
"Thanks to those who participated in the beta and Workshop contributors, you've
helped us build the game and define the infrastructure to support it," said Erik
Johnson of Valve. "Our goal over the next few weeks is continue to make the game
more enjoyable as more players are brought in. We hope to make it as smooth as
possible for existing players and new players alike."
Those who wish to request their entry to the game just need to visit the Steam
page (http://store.steampowered.com/app/570/), sign up, and keep a look out for
an email letting them know it's time to play.
Available for the PC via Steam, Dota 2 is the massive sequel to one of the most
played games of all time, and offers a unique blend of RTS and RPG action.
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