Dota 2

PC, MAC / Action RPG / Release: Dec 31, 2011 / ESRB: U

Dota 2 adds 'Least Played' mode

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 18, 2013 6:00am PST

Now that Dota 2 is up to a whopping 96 characters, it's a fair bet that a good proportion of them are something of a mystery to most of its 3 million players. To help introduce you to a few more, without the fear of being stomped by people playing their best heroes, Valve ad...


Most Anticipated of 2013: Alice's Picks

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 31, 2012 12:00pm PST

The editorial team at Shacknews outlines their most anticipated games of 2013 individually. Next up, we've got cuss word expert Alice O'Connor with her list of 2013 titles.


Dota 2's Greeviling holidays event kicks off

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 20, 2012 6:45am PST

Actual Christmas is often a dreary, miserable affair, but in video games it's always beautifully snowy with merry hijinks galore. In short, virtual Christmas in Dota 2 is better than your fleshy Christmas can ever be, after the festive 'Greeviling' event launched last night.


Valve working on Dota 2 for tablets

By Steve Watts, Dec 10, 2012 9:35am PST

Valve boss Gabe Newell says the company is experimenting with Dota 2 on tablets, but has to wait for the devices to get a bit faster so they can run the game smoothly.


Shack PSA: Dota 2 The International has begun

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 31, 2012 12:30pm PDT

Valve's three-day Dota-rama The International kicked off this morning, bringing 16 professional >Dota 2 teams together to slug it out over a novelty over-sized cheque for $1 million. The game has come a long way since it was introduced to the world, and picked up oodles of n...


Dota 2 pennants support pro teams & give items

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 24, 2012 8:30am PDT

Dota 2 may still be in semi-closed beta, but it's already one of the most 'eSports'-friendly games going--in terms of the client, at least, as Dota is still terrifyingly opaque to casual observers. Valve yesterday launched a new update adding in-game pennants for fans to sho...


Dota 2 spectator client released for all to see

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 20, 2012 6:00am PDT

Valve is pushing the pro-gaming side of Dota 2 pretty hard but isn't quite ready to open the beta up to everyone, so it's released a special spectator client all and sundry can download to watch games.


Valve teases Dota 2 eSports documentary

By Steve Watts, Aug 17, 2012 9:30am PDT

Valve has released a teaser-trailer of its upcoming Dota 2 eSports documentary.


Steam coming to Linux with Left 4 Dead 2

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 17, 2012 6:00am PDT

Valve has muttered and murmured about bringing Steam and its Source engine to Linux before, and now it's revealed the plan--port Steam and Left 4 Dead 2 to Ubuntu 12.04, then work from there.


Dota 2 to sell in-game tournament spectator passes

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 20, 2012 1:30pm PDT

Dota 2 boasts a jolly impressive in-game spectator system, supporting multiple audio streams from commentator and oodles of camera options. How natural, then, that Valve plans to sell in-game spectator passes for tournaments, much like web streams are sold now.


Shack PSA: Dota 2 International tickets on sale today

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 12, 2012 6:00am PDT

Valve's Dota 2 tournament The International introduced the game to the world last year, and now it's returning to show people how far both it and the professional scene have come. Here's a reminder that tickets go on sale this morning.


Join Dota 2 with Early Access Bundle

By John Keefer, May 31, 2012 9:10pm PDT

Valve announced today that Dota 2 will be free to play at launch and opened an in-game store so current players can start customizing their characters.


Blizzard DOTA renamed to Blizzard All-Stars, as per new agreement with Valve

By Andrew Yoon, May 11, 2012 2:30pm PDT

"In accordance with the agreement, Valve will continue to use DOTA commercially, including DOTA 2, while Blizzard will preserve noncommercial use of DOTA for its community."


Dota 2 'The International' championship moves to PAX for 2012

By Andrew Yoon, May 10, 2012 3:30pm PDT

Apparently, "The International" is an annual affair, as Valve has announced plans for a second Dota 2 competition.


Dota 2 to augment F2P model with community rewards

By Steve Watts, Apr 20, 2012 9:00am PDT

Gabe Newell talks about Dota 2's model, saying it will be free-to-play but with some level of community interaction that rewards players.