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Dota 2 update for 18 June 2021Jun 18, 2021 - SteamDB Read patchnotes on SteamDB...Dota 2 update for 7 June 2021Jun 7, 2021 - SteamDB Read patchnotes on SteamDB...Dota 2 update for 4 June 2021Jun 4, 2021 - SteamDB Read patchnotes on SteamDB...Dota 2 update for 3 June 2021Jun 3, 2021 - SteamDB Read patchnotes on SteamDB...Dota Plus update brings new seasonal treasure, quests, guild rewards, and moreJun 2, 2021 - PCGamesNIt's just about summer, which means a new Dota Plus update is here for Dota 2 fans. The - yep, you guessed it - Dota Plus summer update has dropped, bringing new content to Valve's MOBA game for those signed up to its monthly subscription service - including a new ability, guild banners, seasonal treasure, and more. Launched today (June 2), the new Dota Plus update welcomes back the popular High Five ability - you know, "because nothing accentuates the highs of a good play - or immortalises a silly one - like a timely hand-to-hand salutation", as the studio puts it. Fair point. Valve's also now granted all members of a Dota guild the Guild Banner ability, which means they can showcase its status and logo whenever they fancy mid-game. As for the new seasonal treasure, there are new sets for Dota 2 heroes Chaos Knight, Phantom Assassin, Outworld Destroyer, Wraith King, Sven, Treant Protector, Huskar, Brewmaster, Storm Spirit, and Naga Siren. Phew. There's also "a chance to unlock the Trod and Cheddar courier, which comes preloaded with random prismatic and kinetic gems", Valve says. The treasure can be picked up for shards. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Dota 2 patch 7.29d brings Axe, Bristleback, Broodmother, Invoker changes, and more Dota 2 updates bring pesky noise bug fixes and new Supporter's Club content Dota 2's The International 10 is set for August with a $40 million prize pool Dota 2 update for 2 June 2021Jun 1, 2021 - SteamDB Read patchnotes on SteamDB...Dota 2 update for 1 June 2021Jun 1, 2021 - SteamDB Read patchnotes on SteamDB...Dota Plus Update - Summer 2021Jun 1, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3703047/b44f45a34e1c310470a4a46aa759ac0d019add88.jpg As the blossoms of spring fade in the face of the onset of summer, today's patch welcomes an accompanying seasonal update for Dota Plus, featuring the return of High Fives and Guild Banners for everyone, along with a new seasonal treasure and refreshed guild quests & rewards. High Five & Guild Banners Back again, and available to all players, the High Five ability is here to help everyone celebrate the joys of Dota with both friends and foes. Because nothing accentuates the highs of a good play — or immortalizes a silly one — like a timely hand-to-hand salutation. We've also granted the Guild Banner ability to all members of a guild, allowing them to show off the guild's status and logo wherever they want during a game. Dota Plus Seasonal Treasure The Summer 2021 Seasonal Treasure is here, available for purchase with shards. Exclusive to Dota Plus members, this treasure features all new sets for Chaos Knight, Phantom Assassin, Outworld Destroyer, Wraith King, Sven, Treant Protector, Huskar, Brewmaster, Storm Spirit, and Naga Siren. There's also a chance to unlock the Trod & Cheddar courier, which comes preloaded with random prismatic and kinetic gems. Updated Seasonal Quests & Guild Rewards Today’s update also comes with a new set of Dota Plus quests to help reel in some extra shards for new relics and the Seasonal Treasure — offering up to 115,200 shards over the course of the season. Not to be forgotten, in addition to the rest of today's changes, the guild rewards for silver, gold, and platinum tier guilds have been switched for summer. Guild Tier Rewards Silver Emoticon - mango Emoticon - earth_perfect Emoticon - earth_grin Gold Spray - Ancient Apparition Ice Cream Spray - Sad Tree Spray - Skywrath Dunno Platinum Chat Wheel - "What Just Happened?" Chat Wheel - "Нет нет ДА!" Chat Wheel - "你气不气?" The WePlay AniMajor & the Road to the International There's only one Major left standing between the top teams in the world and the ultimate showdown at The International. Tune in June 2 - 13 to catch all the action in Kyiv, available to watch and follow in the Dota client. Witness the final clash on the way to Stockholm that will decide the 12 invited teams. The remaining 6 teams will be, as usual, determined by the Regional Qualifiers, where each region will compete for one final slot. The Regional qualifiers will be distributed over a longer period of time to allow for teams competing in the major to respect their respective countries' quarantine processes. The dates for each qualifier are as follows: EEU and SA: June 23-26 NA and SEA: June: June 30-July 3 CN and EU: July 7-10 More information on how to watch the qualifiers will be available after the WePlay AniMajor concludes. The International Main Event itself returns August 10 - 15, live from Avicii Arena. New Supporter's ClubsMay 25, 2021 - Community AnnouncementsAdded Elephant, AS Monaco Gambit, Motivate.Trust Gaming, Galaxy Racer Esports, T1, OB.Neon, Team SMG, Army Geniuses, Puckchamp, Binomistas, Royal Never Give Up, CDEC, 496 Gaming and TNC Predator content to the Supporter's Club. Dota 2 update for 26 May 2021May 25, 2021 - SteamDB Read patchnotes on SteamDB...Dota 2 update for 25 May 2021May 25, 2021 - SteamDB Read patchnotes on SteamDB...Dota 2 patch 7.29d brings Axe, Bristleback, Broodmother, Invoker changes, and moreMay 25, 2021 - PCGamesNDota 2 has just got a brand-new gameplay patch, which ushers in a bunch of item changes, hero updates, and a key bug fix to Valve's flagship MOBA game. While it's not the biggest set of tweaks the game's seen, gameplay update 7.29d brings six key adjustments to items, and Dota 2 heroes Axe, Bristleback, Broodmother, Invoker, and - well - a whole bunch, so read on to see what's what. First up, those item changes. Sadly, if you're a fan of Vanguard, Sange, Heaven's Halberd, Solar Chest or combos of Sange and Yasha, or Kaya and Sange, there's some bad news, as they're all getting nerfed this patch. Vanguard's damage block is getting dialled down, Solar Chest's bonus attack speed and slow effects have been reduced, and the other four are seeing their life-steal and health regeneration amplification nerfed. As for the hero roster, there are 14 getting nerfs, buffs, and changes this patch, which range across their stats, abilities, and talents. We've got them laid out for you below so you can check these out in detail for yourself. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Dota 2 updates bring pesky noise bug fixes and new Supporter's Club content Dota 2's The International 10 is set for August with a $40 million prize pool A Dota 2 fan is recreating its runes as gorgeous animations Dota 2 update for 24 May 2021May 24, 2021 - SteamDB Read patchnotes on SteamDB...Dota 2 update for 21 May 2021May 21, 2021 - SteamDB Read patchnotes on SteamDB...Dota 2 updates bring pesky noise bug fixes and new Supporter's Club contentMay 20, 2021 - PCGamesNDota 2 has got a couple of updates this week that bring some handy fixes - including for a couple of noise quirks the MOBA game's been seeing of late - and a new batch of content for its recent Supporters' Clubs feature. This week, Valve dropped a patch that, at face value, seems small but is pretty significant if you've encountered a pesky issue around random noises erupting when looking for a specific time stamp in your replays. The latest game update notes explain that the patch has "fixed a bug where seeking to a time in replays would cause bursts of noise". Additionally, a noise quirk around the ranged ability hero Medusa's Stone Gaze ability has been solved, in that it'll "no longer play a sound effect when applied to non-heroes". So, it sounds like there'll less, er, superfluous noises in-game to worry about with going forward. Elsewhere in the latest game update, Valve has "fixed a hang when backgrounding Dota with Alt+Tab during startup when using the DX11 rendering system". Sweet. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Dota 2's The International 10 is set for August with a $40 million prize pool A Dota 2 fan is recreating its runes as gorgeous animations Dota: Dragon's Blood Season 2 is officially in the works Supporter's ClubMay 19, 2021 - Community AnnouncementsAdded PSG.LGD, EHOME, VG, Thunder Predator, Vikin.GG, Infinity Esports, Sparking Arrow Gaming, BOOM Esports, SG Esports and Crewmates content to the Supporter's Club Dota 2 update for 20 May 2021May 19, 2021 - SteamDB Read patchnotes on SteamDB...Dota 2 Update - May 18th, 2021May 18, 2021 - Community AnnouncementsFixed a hang when backgrounding Dota with Alt+Tab during startup when using the DX11 rendering system. Team supporter health bar logos will now appear in all languages. Fixed a bug where seeking to a time in replays would cause bursts of noise. Medusa's Stone Gaze no longer plays a sound effect when applied to non-heroes. Dota 2 update for 18 May 2021May 18, 2021 - SteamDB Read patchnotes on SteamDB...Dota 2 Update - May 18th, 2021May 18, 2021 - Product Update- Fixed a hang when backgrounding Dota with Alt+Tab during startup when using the DX11 rendering system. - Team supporter health bar logos will now appear in all languages. - Fixed a bug where seeking to a time in replays would cause bursts of noise. - Medusa's Stone Gaze no longer plays a sound effect when applied to non-heroes.Dota 2's The International 9 was the Game's Most Watched Event Ever with Over 1 Million Viewers on TwitchAug 26, 2019 - GitHypThe International 2019 made headlines earlier this month when it became the biggest prize pool ever for an esports tournament with $34 million on the line. And with so much at stake, early Sunday morning, Dota 2 set even more records with its first-ever back-to-back champions and its highest viewer count ever on Twitch. Last year’s champions, Europe’s OG, absolutely dominated this year’s event which went late into Saturday night and peaked with 1.1 million viewers early Sunday morning during their 3-1 Grand Final victory over Europe’s team Liquid. After last year’s TI8 Grand Finals saw a 100k decline in viewers, this year’s TI9 had an impressive comeback with a 51% increase in viewership on Twitch. But what was most impressive about this year’s record-breaking stream for Dota 2 was the timing of the live stream on Twitch. With most of Twitch’s regular viewer base still asleep in the United States when this year’s main event ended at 8AM ET/ 5AM PT, TI9 crushed Dota 2’s previous peak of 845k viewers that took place during more normal hours two years ago at TI7 in Seattle.Dota 2’s Player Base is the Highest it's Been in 2 YearsFeb 11, 2019 - GitHypOnce Steam’s most popular game (before PUBG took over), Dota 2’s player base has been on a steady decline since peaking with over a million concurrent players back in 2016. But a new user-created custom game mode and less competition from Blizzard have resulted in Steam's second most popular game making a comeback with Dota 2's player counts now the highest they’ve been in two years. Similar to Dota’s own origin story, a custom map created by Chinese developer, Drodo Games, called “Auto Chess” has captured the attention of Dota 2’s player base in a way that Valve once dreamed only Artifact could. In Auto Chess, players fight across an 8x8 field that mimics a chessboard using Dota’s own heroes for game pieces. Auto Chess' gameplay has been able to create its own little niche of MOBA players who want a greater focus on strategy and less emphasis on fast-paced APM. Dota 2’s in-game counter for Auto Chess has at times shown over 200k concurrent players, which helps explain Dota 2’s own 17% increase in players from January’s 491k average to an average of 573k over the past 30 days. And while Auto Chess can account for most of Dota 2’s new/returning players, another factor has been Blizzard’s announcement that they’ll be shifting focus away from Heroes of the Storm. Considered the third most popular MOBA in the world behind League of Legends and Dota 2, news of Blizzard moving developers to other projects and canceling HotS’ major esports events has made Dota’s community look even more appealing to HotS players looking to abandon ship. Auto Chess isn’t likely to become the next Dota or PUBG creating a new genre overnight, but with its popularity increasing among players, streamers, and catching on even more in China, Valve shouldn’t take any chances letting this developer get away – especially not with Artifact dropping outside of Steam’s top 100 most played games.Dota 2’s The International 2018 Finale was Down Over 100k Viewers Compared to Last Year on TwitchAug 27, 2018 - GitHypEven with a better first day, bigger prize pool, and an epic storybook ending, this year’s biggest Dota 2 event couldn’t manage to top last year's viewers on Twitch. The International 8’s grand finals brought in a peak of 730k concurrent viewers as Europe’s OG took China’s PSG.LGD all the way to the very last game of a best-of-five heart-pounding finale. But while OG’s Cinderella story had Dota 2’s analysts, commentators, and viewers all on the edge of their seats in what many consider TI’s greatest grand finals, it fell short of last year’s peak of 845k viewers. TI7’s far less exciting finale featuring EU’s Team Liquid taking home the victory over Newbee in just 3 quick games. And resulted in an impressive 44% increase in viewership compared to TI6 on Twitch which is still Dota 2’s most watched stream ever. Known for having the biggest single event prize pool in all of esports, The International once again set a new peak of $25 million this year with OG taking home $11 million for first place. However, the $23.9 million contributed by players just barely topped last year’s player contribution of $23.2 million. And surprisingly, it was Day 1 of TI8 that had 100k more viewers than last year’s event. But with player counts down 35% since Dota 2’s peak two years ago and other games like Fortnite taking over Twitch, we predicted that TI8 wouldn’t be able to top TI7’s finale. One thing we didn’t see coming, however, was Valve’s unexpected and accidental reveal of their own streaming service, Steam.tv, which contributed to the decline in viewers on Twitch. Their new site pulled away over 80k viewers from Twitch during TI8’s final matches – but even with the numbers combined, TI7’s viewership still fell short of last year's record-setting peak.Dota 2’s Viewer Base and Prize Pool is Bigger Than Ever at The International 2018Aug 21, 2018 - GitHypWith a peak of 1.3 million players back in March 2016, the decline of Dota 2’s player base and the rise of PUBG on Steam has led to many claiming that Valve’s popular MOBA is a "dead game." But even with the player base at half of what it once was, Dota 2 is far from dead when looking at the game’s stats and popularity as a competitive esport. Last year's biggest Dota 2 event, The International 7, saw its peak viewers on Twitch increase by 44% compared to TI6's grand finals going from a peak of 588k viewers to 845k viewers. This year, TI8 on Twitch is already off to a better start with a peak of 645k viewers on its first day. An increase of 100k viewers when compared to 2017’s first day peak of 546k viewers. Dota 2’s remaining player base have also proven their loyalty and demand for more in-game content by contributing $23 million towards the free-to-play game's Battle Pass system and increasing TI8’s total prize pool to $25 million – the largest it's ever been and an increase of over $200k compared to last year. The International 8’s grand finals are set for this Saturday, August 25th, and while it might not see another 44% increase in viewers, the event should be able to continue its growth and top last year’s peak concurrent viewers on Twitch.Dota 2 Hits New Viewer Peak with The International Up 44% Compared to Last Year on TwitchAug 15, 2017 - GitHypMore Dota 2 viewers than ever tuned in over the weekend to watch The International 7 on Twitch. And with good reason. The Valve-sponsored event for their multiplayer online battle arena game had its highest prize pool ever with a shocking $24 million on the line and the champs taking home over $10 million. Getting into the Twitch numbers, Dota 2 brought in a peak of 845k viewers as Team Liquid defeated Newbee in Saturday's Grand Final. This was an impressive 44% increase in viewers compared to last year when TI6 brought in 588k viewers at its peak. [caption id="attachment_284426" align="aligncenter" width="770"] Dota 2's Peak Viewer Counts on Twitch via GitHyp[/caption] The increase in popularity has also brought Dota 2 closer than ever to topping its biggest competition, League of Legends. Riot’s MOBA hit its own all-time peak of 988k viewers back in 2015, but compared to 2016, LoL’s viewership for its own World Championship event was actually down 5% last October on Twitch. TI7 also helped put Dota 2 over 1 billion total views on Twitch. An impressive number, however, LoL still more than doubles that with 2.1 billion as Twitch's most watched game. But in terms of big eSports competitions, both MOBAs still have a way to go before dethroning Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s record-setting 1.1 million peak viewers that the Valve shooter brought in earlier this year.Steam's Most Played Games of 2016Jan 7, 2017 - GitHyp2016 was another great year for games, but it was also a year filled with the the rise and fall of many new games that over-promised and under-delivered. As a result, Steam's list of most played games in 2016 ended up looking almost the exact same as it did in 2015. Last year's top titles held their spots as newcomers who started off strong quickly lost their player bases by the end of the year. Looking at new releases on Steam in 2016 tracked hourly by GitHyp, the highly hyped and highly controversial, No Man's Sky, had the highest peak player count with 212k concurrent players in a single hour.
  1. Dota 2 / 1,286,617 peak players (#1 in 2015)
  2. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive / 845,806 peak players (#2 in 2015)
  3. No Man's Sky / 212,321 peak players (new)
  4. XCOM 2 / 132,834 peak players (new)
  5. Dark Souls III / 129,922 peak players (new)
Other newcomers such as XCOM 2 (132k players) and Dark Souls III (129k players) also had great launches, but only peaked at half of NMS' record-setting number to round out the top 5. While No Man's Sky, XCOM 2, Dark Souls III, and others such as Tom Clancy's The Division and Total War: Warhammer all had strong launches, none were able to hold their ground and each had huge drops in players that made headlines. Other previous heavy-hitters also made headlines due to under-performing launches such as Call of Duty which was down 76% from last year and Watch Dogs 2 which dropped 61% since the last entry in the series. When looking at the more stable average players per hour metric, 2016 ended the same as 2015 with the exception of Fallout 4 -- which didn't just fall out of the top 5, but also the top 10 at #12.
  1. Dota 2 / 636,607 avg. players per hour (#1 in 2015)
  2. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive / 360,600 avg. players per hour (#2 in 2015)
  3. Team Fortress 2 / 50,802 avg. players per hour (#4 in 2015)
  4. Grand Theft Auto V / 40,258 avg. players per hour (#5 in 2015)
  5. Sid Meier's Civilization V / 37,885 avg players per hour (#9 in 2015)
Dark Souls III dropped to #21 on Steam with an average of 14,186 players per hour. No Man's Sky dropped all the way down to #41 on Steam with an average of 8,393 players per hour. And XCOM 2 barely made the top 50 coming it at #44 with an average of 7,815 players per hour. When looking at the average players per hour, it was actually the free-to-play team-based shooter, Paladins, that ended as 2016's strongest new release ranking in at #15 on Steam with an average of 22,809 players per hour.