It’s been a big year for Dota 2, Valve’s modern adaptation of the popular Warcraft 3 mod Defense of the Ancients, that has been capped off by the game breaking the 10 million unique user mark in the final month of 2014.
The competitive action real-time strategy game had the largest prize pool in eSports history this year with a $10 million purse, which surpassed the prize pool awarded for professional golf’s The Masters tournament, and made significant updates to keep the game fresh with major changes like map alterations. Breaking the 10 million user number is simply another feather in its cap at this rate, setting up 2015 as the year that it could truly explode and reach a new level of mainstream popularity. The signs all point to the game continuing its meteoric rise, as examining Steam Charts shows that the average concurrent user base has steadily risen from 147,748 in January 2013 to 393,860.3 in January 2014, with its current mark set at 530,859 only two days into January 2015.
Dota 2‘s popularity most likely has also contributed to Steam’s new record of 8.46 million concurrent users that was set at the start of the new year. You can play Dota 2 for free now on PC by downloading it from the Steam store.