Dota 2 is live.
Dota 2 has officially launched on Steam, according to developer Valve. The hugely popular free-to-play MOBA has been in Beta for two years now, and boasts the largest active community on Steam, Valve's direct distribution service, ever, with a monthly user base of over three million users. Valve has announced that the Dota 2 Beta is over, and the game is now available to everyone. However, given the size of the game's audience, they're going to let people join in on the fun in waves.
"The launch of Dota 2 is going to take on a different shape than products we've shipped in the past," said Valve. "Our thinking is that we want the existing audience have uninterrupted access during the launch, in addition to bringing new players into Dota 2 in a way that isn't frustrating. Simply put, we want to smooth out the traditional launch spike, but at the same time allow anyone to come in and try out Dota 2."
Basically how it will work is that anyone who wants to play can visit the Dota 2 Steam page and click the "Get Dota 2" button to be added to a launch queue. Once it's your turn, Valve will send you an e-mail letting you know that you've been invited to play the game.
This is simply because there are so many people out there dying to try Dota 2, and Valve doesn't want to cause trouble for those who have been enjoying it already for years. However, Valve have stated that it's their goal to get people in as quickly as possible. They've also mentioned that they've been working on ways to increase server stability and server capacity to make the launch as flawless as possible.
As for the future, Valve had something to say about that, too. "Dota 2 will continue to move forward, just like it always has. We still have old (and eventually new) heroes to release and an endless supply of features to build. We are releasing the game now because it is ready, but of course there isn't an end to the development of the game. Just like we have been for the last couple of years as Dota 2 has grown, we'll be looking to hear from you about how we're doing and about what you'd like us to build next."
If you're as excited to try Dota 2 as I hope you are, head over to the Dota 2 Steam page now and check it out.