Dota 2

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

Dota 2 beta patch reveals microtransactions

By Steve Watts, Mar 22, 2012 10:30am PDT

The latest patch for Dota 2 gives a closer look of what we can expect from the game's microtransactions.


Dota 2 LAN mode confirmed

By Jeff Mattas, Feb 15, 2012 4:00pm PST

Valve has confirmed both a LAN mode and mod support for Dota 2 as it continues to add enough servers to support the community at launch.


Steam knocked offline on Sunday by power failure

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 13, 2012 7:00am PST

Steam was knocked offline for several hours on Sunday by a power failure at Valve's data center. The downtime forced some victims to resort to archaic forms of Sunday afternoon entertainment, such as strolling in the countryside and conversing with loved


Dota 2 beta rollout held up by server capacity

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 13, 2012 6:00am PST

Though the Dota 2 beta already has enough players to land a stable spot in Steam's top-ten list of most-played games, it's not enough. Valve has explained that the beta is still closed and expanding slowly because there isn't enough server capacity.


Blizzard files opposition to Valve's Dota trademark

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 10, 2012 5:45pm PST

Blizzard has filed an official dispute with the USPTO over Valve trademarking "DOTA" for Dota 2, claiming people will think it's connected with Blizzard, and that Valve's trying to steal goodwill it built up. Valve, naturally, denies this.


Razer announces mouse for MOBAs, Naga Hex

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 11, 2012 5:00pm PST

If the string of developers making the same game with the exact same map weren't a big enough hint that the MOBA--Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, or 'DotA clone' to you and me--is getting big, the genre's now getting its very own mouse by Razer.


Most Anticipated of 2012: Alice's Picks

By Shack Staff, Dec 27, 2011 9:00am PST

The editorial team at Shacknews outlines their most anticipated games of 2012 individually. Next up we've got staff writer Alice O'Connor's list of 2012 titles.


Dota 2 beta expanding, 'extra copies' included for friends

By Xav de Matos, Nov 01, 2011 5:30pm PDT

Valve has revealed more invites for the Dota 2 test will be released soon, as well as extra copies for those invited to bring their friends along for the ride.


Dota 2 looking to address AFK players

By Jeff Mattas, Oct 11, 2011 5:15pm PDT

Valve releases word about an ongoing initiative to curb the tendency of certain players to abandon games of Dota 2, mid-match.


Valve expanding Dota 2 beta 'as soon as we can'

By Alice O'Connor, Sep 23, 2011 6:00am PDT

Valve's shaking up its beta plans for Dota 2, now saying that it hopes to bring the current version, with its limited hero lineup, to more players "as fast as we can."


Dota 2 tournament $1 million finals won by Na'vi

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 22, 2011 9:00am PDT

Ukrainian team Na'vi lifted the novelty over-sized check for $1 million at the final of Valve's Dota 2 tournament on Sunday. Valve plans hold a similar event annually with "the best in the world" of Dota 2.


Valve boss talks about Dota 2 formation, Steam on PS3

By Steve Watts, Aug 19, 2011 9:15am PDT

Valve boss Gabe Newell talks about how the company adopted Dota 2 with enthusiasm, their role interacting with the community, and the Portal 2 DLC proving the worth of Steamworks.


Dota 2 launch expected next year, beta soon

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 18, 2011 9:00am PDT

Gabe Newell doesn't think Dota 2 will launch this year, and the payment model is still undecided. There's good news, though: Valve expects to begin stress testing "a few weeks" after Gamescom.


Dota 2 trailer emerges from Gamescom

By Andrew Yoon, Aug 15, 2011 3:30pm PDT

Can't make it to Germany to partake in the festivities? You can, at the very least, watch this debut CG trailer for Valve's Dota 2.


Dota 2 tournament to be live-streamed

By Steve Watts, Aug 10, 2011 3:15pm PDT

The million-dollar Dota 2 tournament to be held at Gamescom this year will be live-streamed online, making for our first look at the game in action.