The wait is finally over — Valve officially launched Dota 2 yesterday on Steam, after a lengthy beta. Hurrah!

Well, actually… the wait is kind of over.

Valve is “rolling out” access to the game in waves, so as not to overload its server infrastructure during the usual crush of players that new games tend to suffer from. Right now, you can “queue up” for the game via Steam and, sometime over the next week or so, you should receive access. The process is detailed on the Dota 2 site.

It’s an interesting approach, to be sure, and — if viewed objectively — should do a fine job of mitigating the server issues that many new online games have during their launch. “Objective” isn’t a word often applied to gamers, though, so it won’t be surprising to see a lot of rancor at this method, which might make players wait for days before being able to jump into the game proper.

Also, from a player’s standpoint, is this approach an improvement over the usual long queues that new games tend to have? Is it better to wait several hours a night for the first week or so of a game’s launch or to be shut out completely for a few days before getting unlimited access?

In any case, it’s an intriguing experiment, and if it goes well — from a technology and player satisfaction standpoint — it wouldn’t be surprising to see other online games adopt a similar approach for their launches.

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  1. jolly on August 3, 2013

    DOTA 2 is trash. It’s very unbalanced whoever says it’s not is probably use to only playing as the unbalanced characters and think it’s their skill rather than game balance. You guys clearly don’t know how to be objective. In a competitive game like this you have to have perfect balance and I’m sorry to say they are not yet to even League of Legend standard.

  2. TheTrue on July 24, 2013

    Both games LoL and Dota 2 Sux 😀 the true hurts (im sure a randommer fan boy will reply this) on 3..2…1

  3. Warjuning on July 23, 2013

    Omigod,lol is not a *bad cartoonish game.It is a casual game for CASUAL gamers.Dota2 and HoN have unbalanced gameplay when somebody gets fed.Also,LoL after the graphical improvements,its graphics are good enough but not so awesome as the max graphics of Dota2 :).So STOP PLAYING ONLY HON AND GO PLAY SOME OTHER MOBAS…………IT WILL BE GOOD ENOUGH FOR U BELIEVE ME………Then you will be able to make CORRECT comments.

  4. OmiGodi on July 22, 2013

    LoL = cartoon bad game
    Dota2 = good looks unfixed gamplay (but they will fix it ) big minus Steam only
    Heroes of Newarth = good looks good balance non steam = BEST

    • hueheuheueh on July 26, 2013

      I rofled when you said heroes of newerth is ‘balanced’

  5. HI on July 21, 2013

    played this game for about a week already, heroes can be broken like people has said a long time ago.
    but other wise dont touch this game if u dont want to slam your head into the monitor.
    matchmaking is broken and as a beginner i was often qued up with lvl 15s where iam just simply a lvl 1 noob

  6. Garen on July 15, 2013


  7. I am noob on July 13, 2013


  8. RandomGuy on July 13, 2013

    Dont forget who is the original creator of DotA.

    And still DotA is DotA, and LoL is LoL. Absolutely 2 different games

  9. svenshyvana on July 12, 2013

    why compare Dota2 to LOL when they are different? Instead compare Dota2 to old dota?? since they are the same. zzzzzzz. just play what you want and STFU! wahahahahhaha.

  10. Matchmaking on July 12, 2013

    I think the reason people think DotA 2 and others are harder than League is because the matchmaking system is broken. When I played DotA I got matched with people who had already played for a while, and I got completely stomped. At least League actually matches you with people at your skill level.

  11. Kaarnaij on July 12, 2013

    Don’t forget, the MOBA Pro’s for League thinks dota suxx because it all about who can get the more “Broken” champs <3

  12. huehuehue on July 11, 2013

    why is everyone comparing dota 2 to lol? Everyone knows LoL can never be as great as dota/dota 2. As LoL is for 5 year old girls and newbies, dota/dota 2 is for the skilled players. There’s no skill in LoL only cartoony graphics. I played LoL and I uninstalled it after 2 rounds. The graphics were so cartoony and childish I feel like a call of duty kid from xbox live. If you want a challenge and better gameplay play dota 2. LoL’s player database are newbies, girls and kids. its because the gameplay is easy to understand.

    • KaiserGali on July 11, 2013

      *watchs lcs and sees many players above 18 who earns cash through a game* yep, all girls and kids.

    • Jude on July 11, 2013

      lol dafuq? go home with your weakass argument.

    • Ed on July 11, 2013

      What a silly statement. Dota 2 is going to be a direct competitor to LoL, so basically, both games are going to fight for the same playerbase, i.e., mostly males between 15 to 25.

    • Banzai on July 12, 2013

      Remember the early times when Riot is encouraging people to play DotA? It was written in the old FAQ when LoL is just starting.

      • Mystika on July 14, 2013

        More like Riot was originally promoting themselves to DotA players, by telling them about their origins (Guinsoo & Pendragon ring any bells?) and telling them how LoL was a game which removed many of WC3’s limitations, as well as mechanics which they deemed “anti fun/too passive”, such as denying.

        Fast forward a few years, and Riot no longer cares about appealing to the DotA playerbase, however they did see a threat in Dota 2, hence all the copyright issues and attempts to stop professional gamers fielding teams for games other than LoL.

        I do believe both games will be able to co-exist for a number of years…whether one will emerge triumphant over the other (and the other closes down), only time will tell.

  13. Marcus on July 11, 2013

    Both games take skill no matter what any of you say, It’s either you’re good, or you’re bad. If everyone in the game is good there is no such thing is a TIE, it comes down to who is better and can win. Now about which game is better or not? It’s not for any of us to decide, because at the end of the day you play one or the other because YOU like it, if you play both fine. EVERY game has kids playing it, so stop talking about how one is for kids. -.-

  14. Navhkrin on July 11, 2013

    Surely Lol and Dota are diffrent. One is made for hardcore professional gamers, Other is for casual kiddos

    • KaiserGali on July 11, 2013

      and for some reason lol professional scen is bigger than dota…way to go for a “professional” game.

      • Lasso on July 12, 2013

        In LoL, anybody can call themselves pro.

        • KaiserGali on July 12, 2013

          same as in dota. Real pros earn cash through tournaments and more popular and competitive games hold more tournaments with bigger cash prizes. If everyone is a pro in leagues then why we don’t have many pro teams in the lcs and such?

          When I mean bigger I mean in popularity, amount of tournaments and cash prizes.

          • Mixantropaz on July 25, 2013

            So an international tournament with 3 million as cash prize isn’t a lot ?

  15. Patrik on July 11, 2013

    Dont compare League of Legends and Dota2 pls Dota2 is much harder (losing gold when die, denying and lot of other stuff) but League of Legends can be more relax and funnier for some people i think both games are good but i still play more LoL because i like buying new champions and i want achieve something while in Dota2 u can play as who u like.

    • darkvoidx on July 12, 2013

      Finaly some one who dosent compare lol and dota 2 (thumb up) . same here i play both dota 2 is hrader lol is more fun and normal .i mean realy why compare those games both were made to play not to be like hey lets beat league of legends and be the best by:dota 2 or hey lets beat dota 2 and be the best by:lol no its more like this both:lets make a game were people will play and have fun and lets be popular so people play it more and stuff ( how i think)

  16. Hey its me on July 10, 2013

    WTF are you two doing “yoyo” and “bratwurst” you guys are wierd 0_o

  17. Bratwurst on July 10, 2013

    I am stupid 😀

  18. Yoyo on July 10, 2013

    I am a retard 😛

  19. Is there something wrong with you bro? Hey you reposted one of my comments on your comment! I said “yoyo” 😛 haha lolz..wait do not spam anymore please. -Thank you

  20. Bowie on July 10, 2013

    I have played Dota 2 for about 100 hrs and i usto play LoL alot i mean im gold ranked but dota has its ups and downs sure some items are unbalanced and some champs BUT it has better things like graphics alot of champs to pick from for free and other things that are good like the TF2 system with items for characters and levels to help with that. dont bitchtalk it play it if you dont like it ohwell others do.

  21. DarKLatioS on July 10, 2013

    Welcome to Dota 2 trolls

  22. meme on July 10, 2013

    DOTA 2 is game for kids

    • ExHuman on July 10, 2013

      so u mean to say, you are going to play it, right ?

    • Treeman De Unmountable on July 10, 2013

      Wrong. It’s more difficult than League of Legends. LoL, is a friendly game to introduce your friends to MOBA, but DOTA is where it really is. >:)

      • James Ryan on July 10, 2013

        DotA 2 has been defined again as A-RTS, not MOBA. League Of Losers will never be like that.

        • KaiserGali on July 11, 2013

          Leaue of losers, the game that has a bigger and better competitive scene than the so acclaimed competetive dota, ironic.

          • LolFun on July 12, 2013

            Bigger and better competitive scene? Oh! You mean when Riot attempted to force e-sports team to drop support on their sub-teams for other Hero Defence-style games?

  23. Crazyjimmy on July 10, 2013

    I think this is a smart move on Valve’s part. And of course a lot of people are going to be upset about this. But I’d rather wait a tad longer to play a game that is more stable then to be constantly disconnected due to server crashes from a population explosion or w/e. As for the people that are gonna cry about this, grow up. The world doesn’t revolve around you.

  24. Hardmaze on July 10, 2013

    League of Legends or DOTA 2??? dota 2 will be on steam only or with launcher like league of legends?

    • extasist on July 10, 2013

      its steam game…

    • FPS2RPG on July 10, 2013

      Dota 2 is Steam only and doesn’t have a launcher.

  25. Xienthious on July 10, 2013

    DotA 2 is still unbalanced, lol

    • Steven on July 10, 2013

      i agree. i was invited for beta in dota 2. it wasnt as good as i expected.
      and the resolution is to small for a computers.

    • wutwut on July 11, 2013

      Your empty claim is just laughful. How is it unbalanced?

    • Blitzkrieg on July 12, 2013

      LoL Heroes in a nutshell: “The new hero is so unbalanced? Let us release a new unbalanced hero! $$$$$”

  26. Yoyo on July 10, 2013

    First, And DOTA 2 SUX!

    • Yoyo on July 10, 2013

      Just kidding DOTA 2 is awsome!!!

      • Yoyo on July 10, 2013

        My Mother wrote the second comment.

        • Bratwurst on July 10, 2013

          You’ll never half the man your mother was!

          • Yoyo on July 10, 2013

            You ruined the Yoyo train. Shame on you. :C

        • Yoyo's Mom on July 11, 2013

          I Promise Child Abuse!

        • endii on July 11, 2013

          she goggles spunk for breakfast i heard.