Valve's Biggest Game, DOTA 2, Is Finally 'Out' For Everyone

Valve's Biggest Game, DOTA 2, Is Finally

It's not a traditional game, and would never have had a traditional "release date", so today is the closest DOTA 2 will get. After years of betas, invites, sign-ups and queues, the game is now open to everyone.

If you visit the game's Steam page, you're guaranteed for the first time to see the green "play game" button, regardless of who you are, when you're playing or where you're at.

Why the long wait? Valve's been very careful to ensure it's got the infrastructure to cope with a large playerbase, slowly ramping up the number of gamers alongside its ability to handle them.

Example: even when the game first shed its beta label in July, Valve had this to say:

If you want to give Dota a try, or you have a friend you want to bring into the community, click the button above and you can get in the launch queue.

Today, you don't need to bother. Just play the game already.

Valve says there are currently 6.5 million people playing DOTA 2. A number that's now only going to get bigger.

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Comments

    Huh? It's been out for ages.

    July 18, 2013. In most regions - are you really clinging onto the 'most' regions thing?

    Last edited 18/12/13 4:04 pm

      It has moved from a queued release, to a completely open release. Where before you could join a queue to be allowed access, now anyone can download it. Yes, it's been out of beta for a while, but not everyone could get in.

    Pretty sure EVERYONE already has it anyway :P

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