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Dota 2 hits highest player count since June 2019

Vignesh Raghuram
15th Apr, 2020
  • Dota 2's player count numbers have gone up in the last 30 days, likely due to the lockdowns.
  • Dota 2 has posted its highest average player count (468k~) since June 2019. 
  • It also hit the highest concurrent player count (794k~) since August 2019.

We’ve been hearing multiple players and community members keep on saying that Dota 2 is dying. Multiple reports have also been published to support this controversial topic. Well, it seems like they've all been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It seems like Dota 2 has benefited from people all over the world staying inside, during the lockdown. It has posted some of its best figures in over 8 months, both in the average player count and the peak player count department.


The Player Count

Image Courtesy: Steamcharts

At the time of writing, over the last 30 days, Dota 2 has posted its highest average player count (468k~) since June 2019. It also hit the highest concurrent player count (794k~) since August 2019.

However many might still claim that this is just a band-aid on a bullet wound. We do agree, Valve still has to add its much-awaited, ‘New Player Experience’ update which was on the works 6 months ago to continue to hold on to this new surge in the player base.

The surging number of players might go down when the lockdown restrictions are lifted. However, it shouldn’t be too drastic. One should remember that a large chunk of Dota 2 players are unable to play the game at the moment. Many PC bangs and gaming cafes have been closed due to the COVID-19 lockdown. The return of these players should ideally help the game tank its sudden loss of players.


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For many games, hitting the 468k~ average player count (Current average player count) is still a pipedream. There is a reason why Dota 2 has only lost out to CS:GO and PUBG (two of the most popular games on the planet) in the average player count, ever since it launched.

Even if Dota 2 loses half its concurrent players overnight (highly unlikely) it will at worst still remain as the third most played game on steam, just behind PUBG and CS:GO. The game still has plenty of gas left in its tank.


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Vignesh is one of AFK Gaming’s most experienced writers, having written over 1000 articles for the website over the last 3 years. Although his primary focus has always been Dota 2, his experience in esports also includes expertise in CS:GO and mobile esports titles.