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20+ Dota 2 Statistics That Prove This Game’s On A Rampage! (Jan 2023)

Dota 2 is a very popular game with millions of concurrent players monthly despite being a Steam exclusive. What started out as a game mod for Warcraft III is now one of the biggest games in the industry. With a bustling esports scene and professional players earning top dollar for the major in game events, it comes as no surprise as to why this game is the biggest rival to Riot Games’ League of Legends.

In this article, we’ll discuss the boring Dota 2 statistics such as revenue generated, users’ stats, and more.

Key Dota 2 Statistics

  • In 2015, Dota 2 generated $238 million in revenue from microtransactions alone [1].
  • In 2017, Dota 2 generated $406 million in revenue from microtransactions [1].
  • Dota 2 generated $160 million in revenue from Battle Passes alone [2].
  • Dota 2’s The International in 2022 will have a $45 million prize money [3].
  • In August 2022, more than 6.3 million active players were recorded. The previous month recorded 6.1 million [10].
  • The live count of the game hovers anywhere between 300,000 and 500,000 at any given time [10], [11].
  • Dota 2’s player count increased by 15.6% last November 2021, which was their biggest increase in five years [13].
  • 51% of Dota 2 players are from United States [14].
  • Dota 2 is the second most played game on Steam with more than 351 million hours played recorded as of Sept 2022 (year to date) and averaging over 867,000 peak concurrent players [15].
  • Dota 2’s The International is one of the biggest e-sporting events in the video game industry. In 2021, peak concurrent viewer count was 2.74 million for the entirety of the event [16].

What Is Dota 2 About?

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Dota 2, or Defense of the Ancients, falls under the MOBA or multiplayer online battle arena genre and was created by Valve, the company behind Steam.

The goal of the game is simple. Two teams of five players will use different Heroes with unique abilities and roles to destroy the other team’s Ancient. But to achieve this goal, you need to have teamwork and communication. The game can be played solo, but often times, it’s best played with friends. The average game of Dota 2 takes about 30 minutes or so, less if the enemy team (or your team) is underperforming and is getting steamrolled.

As a player, you pick a Hero from their drafting pool and depending on the game mode, the other team might also pick the same hero as you did. Your goal is to make a powerful character by killing other heroes and minions within your lane or in team fights. You spend resources such as energy and mana points to use skill points against the other team or to help your team mates.

The game has a steep learning curve and it takes a while to get used to the system, even if you’re already familiar with how MOBAs work.

Since its inceptions, new features have been made such as the introduction of games modes like Captain’s Mode. The e-sports scene is comprised of different teams coming from other countries playing against one another with millions of dollars in prizes.

A Little Dota 2 History

The game was developed by Icefrog and was originally part of the Warcraft III custom game mods. The game generated so much hype that Valve decided to acquire Icefrog and the game itself. Valve announced Dota 2 to the world in Gamescom 2011 and was officially released in July 2013.

Since then, Valve continues to release new Heroes, new content, bigger prize pools for tournaments, and continuous improvement of their e-sports and professional scene.

Dota 2 Revenue

There’s no recent information on revenue generated for anything after 2017 since Valve stopped disclosing this kind of information. But we do know that this free-t0-play game is making millions.

  • In 2015, the game generated $238 million through microtransactions [1].
  • Revenue generated by Dota 2 in 2017 was estimated at $406 million [1].
  • In 2020, Dota 2 generated $160 million in revenue through the Battle pass alone [2].

Dota 2 Sales and More

  • This year’s 2022 Dota 2 The International will have a $45 million prize pool and is set for the 3rd quarter of 2022 [3].
  • From 2016 to 2021, the total prize pool is $220.45 million with the following breakdown:
    • 2016 – $37.45 million
    • 2017 – $38.05 million
    • 2018 – $41.40 million
    • 2019 – $46.97
    • 2020 – $9.32 million
    • 2021 – $47.76 million
  • Chinese professional players in Dota 2 are the highest paid e-sports athletes in the professional scene. As of February 2021, the entirety of their professional athletes have earned $65.3 million in prize money.
  • Dota 2 continues to dominate in terms of tournament prize pools as of 2021 with $47.76 million recorded. They are followed by Counter-Strike: Global Offensive with $21.89 million and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds: Mobile with $20.57 million [6].
  • The highest paid professional player in Dota 2 is NoTail, or Johan Sundetein. Having earned almost $7 million spanning 108 tournaments, that means he averages more than $60,000 per tournament [8].

Dota 2 Player Statistics

A survey was done in 2021 that showed how big and how big the Dota 2 community is within the platform. Note that the findings and demographics listed may not apply to the entirety of the gaming community worldwide as the survey was only conducted in one platform.

Here are the data [9]:

  • The largest age group of the Dota 2 community is the 22-25 year old age group, comprising 32.8% of the entire population. They are followed by the 26-30 year old age group with 31.2%.
  • The youngest professional player at the time the survey was conducted in 2021 is 16 years old and the oldest is 33 years old.
  • In China, 28.5 years old is the average age of their Dota 2 community. This community is comprised of 57% male and 43% female.
    • For both male and female players, the largest age group is the 21-35 bracket. 34% of male players and 28% of female players belong to this age group.
  • 91.4% of their respondents have played the game for more than 3 years.
    • 38.6% of players who played for longer than 3 years have played for more than 8 years.
  • Dota 2 is the second most toxic game in the world, with 78% of the respondents having been victims of harassment.

How Many People Are Playing Dota 2?

  • Over the last 30 days, there have been 6.3 million active players. In July 2022, there were 6.1 million active players recorded [10].
  • Peak number of players over the last 30 days is 2.1 million [10].
  • The live count of the game hovers at around 300,000 to 500,000 at any given time [10], [11].
  • The peak number of concurrent players hit 1.2 million at the height of its popularity in 2016. For the entire 2016, the average concurrent count never hit below 1 million concurrent players[11].
  • As of August 2022, there were more than 747,000 concurrent players [12].
  • There was a 15.6% increase in player count observed in November 2021, which was their biggest player spike in 5 years [13].
  • 51% of Dota 2 players are from the United States, followed by the Russians with 10.53% and Brazil with 5.09%. Brazil and Vietnam close out the top 5 with 4.44% and 3.9% respectively [14].

The numbers are pretty impressive for what other people have considered to be a dead game. The player count, be it live or monthly average, is always within six or seven figures at any given time.

Is Dota 2 Dead?

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The question remains: is Dota 2 dead? Well, the numbers don’t lie and we’ll say that this is far from being dead. It’s not even catatonic at this point, and we’ll show you the numbers:

  • Dota 2 is the second most played game on Steam, following after Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. We say that it’s the second most played game on Steam because outside of Steam, the title of most played game belongs to League of Legends [15].
    • Year to date (Sept 2022), Dota 2 has more than 351 million hours played and averaging over 867,000 peak concurrent players.
  • Dota 2’s The International is one of the biggest e-sporting event in the industry. In 2021, it drew 2.74 million in concurrent viewers all throughout [16].
  • Dota 2 is one of the most viewed games on Twitch. As of July 2022, Dota 2 garnered 11.1 million views. Grand Theft Auto V is the most viewed game with 32.2 million views for the same month [17].
  • Dota 2 is the second most played game on Twitch for 2021 in terms of hourly average number of players. The game averaged more than 420,000 players per hour for the entire year [18].

Wrap Up

So there you have it. Dota 2, the biggest cash cow from Valve Corporation, is not yet dead and is probably still considered a popular game. With ten players fighting against one another in a small map, the replay value is insanely high.

The number of players logged in and playing at any given time is never below six figures, and that says something about just how popular the game is. Even with games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Grand Theft Auto V dominating the player count race, Dota 2 will remain as one of the biggest games for many years to c0me.




















James Stephenson

james stephenson profile picJames is a gaming and tech enthusiast. He has been playing computer games since the Commodore 64 days in the 80s. He has worked as a Broadcast Engineer with BBC News and knows a thing or two about building, fixing, and playing with PCs.