Yesterday, Valve detailed some changes to Dota 2’s ranked matchmaking system, along with some major ban waves for “bad actors.” Now, players affected by those bans have started to complain about their suspensions on social media – and it looks like some of the worst offenders have been banned for the better part of the next two decades.
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Dota 2 has recently seen some players using command scripts to crash servers. Valve released a game update last week designed to detect players trying to do this, but it looks like it might be having a bit of a knock-on effect for non-cheating players too.
Tiny is Dota 2‘s ruminant stone giant, able to summon avalanches, throw his enemies around, and ponder the meaning of existence. Now he’s been brought to life in the form of a statue that is probably something like life size.
Team Liquid’s Dota 2 squad, which just weeks ago placed second in this year’s International world championship in Shanghai, is striking out on their own. The team is parting ways with Team Liquid on amicable terms to pursue plans for establishing their own esports organization.
The Twitch stream for Valve’s Dota 2 Internationals is removing mentions of Tiananmen Square, and hitting those who do mention it with a two-minute timeout from chat. The square in Beijing was made infamous in 1989 after the Chinese government’s violent suppression of student-led protests there, which resulted in hundreds of deaths.
A recent study has found that 74% of those who play online multiplayer titles have been on the receiving end of some form of harassment in-game. The Anti-Defamation League’s findings, which indicate that players have experienced things like physical threats, stalking, and other forms of harassment when gaming, break this down by game – and it looks like Dota 2 players seem to have experienced the most.
The teams competing in The International 2019 will be playing for the biggest purse in esports history. The prize pool for Dota 2’s biggest tournament is now worth more than $30 million USD (£24 million).
Good news, fans of Drodo Studio’s Dota 2-spinoff game Dota Auto Chess – right now you can grab a Custom Pass for $1, replete with goodies and bonuses to make your next round of strategic skirmishing a treat. The Custom Pass, revealed on the developer’s Twitter page, might be well worth that single dollar, but enjoy it while you can – it only lasts for 30 days after purchase.
Valve is making its own version of fan-made phenomenon Dota Auto Chess. In a blog post last night, the developer said that it’s been in discussion with the developers of the custom Dota game mode, and is now “working on a standalone version.”
Dota’s landmark esports tournament, The International, is fast approaching, but some big news from Valve’s MOBA seems to be emerging already. A trademark for ‘Dota Underlords’ was filed by Valve on May 6, 2019, and was accepted three days later.