Dota 2

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

Shack Snack Evening Edition: May 15, 2014

By Steven Wong, May 15, 2014 7:20pm PDT

End your day with a Shack Snack, a short recap of three big stories you should know. It's like a CliffsNotes for video games! If you enjoy, don't forget to subscribe to us on YouTube.


The Stanley Parable Announcer Pack adds dry British humour to Dota 2

By Ozzie Mejia, May 15, 2014 10:00am PDT

Valve is adding some sardonic British wit to its announcer roster with The Stanley Parable Dota Announcer Pack, which introduces The Stanley Parable's droll and sarcastic Narrator's unique take on the action.


Dota 2 getting Spring Cleaning update next week

By Ozzie Mejia, Apr 26, 2014 10:00am PDT

Dota 2 is getting into the spring cleaning season with a new Spring Cleaning update, expected to drop alongside Gameplay Update 6.81 next week.


How Dota 2 manipulates your behavior

By Steve Watts, Apr 23, 2014 7:30am PDT

Valve's resident psychologist Dr. Mike Ambinder explains how post-match questions subtly influence player behavior.


Chatty Twitch Highlights 14: KSP, Dota 2, and Shackbattling in Battlefield 4

By Ozzie Mejia, Apr 19, 2014 12:00pm PDT

It's time to go into space for this week's Chatty Twitch Highlights. Mercfox1 is ready to launch a rocket in Kerbal Space Program. It goes as well as you'd expect... and that's to say, not well at all. That's followed up with some community Chatty activity on Dota 2, along w...


Report: 37% of purchased Steam games are never played

By Steve Watts, Apr 16, 2014 11:00am PDT

A study of Steam community members' playing history reveals that an estimated 37% of games are owned but not played.


Chatty Twitch Highlights 12: BF4 Shackbattle, Warframe, and Dota 2

By Ozzie Mejia, Apr 05, 2014 12:00pm PDT

It's the first Saturday in April and that means it's time to take a look at the Shacknews Chatty community's latest exploits on Twitch. This week, our hardened crew of Battlefield 4 soldiers get together for their weekly Shackbattle along Siege of Shanghai and Paracel Storm....


Dota 2: The International's fourth year begins July 18

By Ozzie Mejia, Apr 01, 2014 11:30am PDT

Dota 2: The International will return for its fourth year and will run from July 18-21 at the Key Arena in Seattle, WA.


Valve-produced Dota2 documentary Free to Play releases March 19

By Ozzie Mejia, Feb 19, 2014 11:15am PST

Valve is making a feature-length documentary called Free to Play that follows three Dota 2 players as they venture to the Dota 2 International Tournament.


Dota 2 adds two new heroes and 'Random Ability Draft' mode

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 30, 2014 9:00am PST

With Chinese New Year nigh, Valve has launched a honking great Dota 2 patch heralding a new special seasonal event. Yesterday's patch brought over two new heroes from the original DotA mod, Terrorblade and Phoenix. More weirdly, it added an astonishing new mode named 'Random...


Best of 2013: #6 - Dota 2

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 20, 2014 11:00am PST

Dota 2 is brilliant, but an absolute pig and a game I cannot recommend you play. You should, because it's the best game. But you won't like it, so don't. But honestly, do.


Dota 2 opens to the public

By Steve Watts, Dec 17, 2013 2:00pm PST

Dota 2 is now open for all without the sign-up and queue process that Valve has been using to control player numbers.


Dota 2 patch adds Legion Commander and 'Wraith Night' survival mode

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 12, 2013 6:00am PST

Dota 2's Christmas update arrives today, and oh! what an update it is. Along with bringing over a new hero from the original DotA, the long-awaited Legion Commander, it adds a wave survival mode which pits heroes against hordes of creeps, trying to defend Skeleton King so he...


Dota 2 introducing Ranked Matchmaking mode

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 09, 2013 12:15pm PST

"Welcome to Dota, you suck" is classic Dota 2 advice, but how much do you suck? That'll be revealed when Ranked Matchmaking comes to the free-to-play Dote 'em up, as Valve announced on Friday. The developer's also shared heaps of details on how exactly Dota 2's matchmaking w...


The Stanley Parable narrator coming to Dota 2

By Ozzie Mejia, Nov 18, 2013 4:30pm PST

Dota 2 will soon receive another downloadable announcer, the droll British narrator from The Stanley Parable.