Over 329,000 users logged in on Saturday to watch the action.
Okay, we all knew eSports was a big thing. But did anyone anticipate it that Dota 2 would get this big, even after all the hype around its e-book compendium the previous fortnight? This Saturday, a huge 329,977 players logged onto the MOBA via Steam.
The news comes courtesy of a graph released by Steam, which shows the MOBA's swelling numbers growing at a ridiculous, rabbit-breeding pace since it went into open beta.
Presumably, players did so to watch the West Qualifier of the International 3 tournament through the client. In any case, the sheer number of gamers says a huge amount about Valve's free-to-play MOBA (and the wonder that giving out an abundance of keys will do for your playerbase). It's worth noting that Dota 2 is still technically unreleased, too.
The International 3's prize pool has already soared beyond $2,000,000, thanks to gamers' purchase of the e-book compendium. The tournament will take place in Seattle in August this year.
Source: Steam Graph