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Dota 2 is one of the oldest and constantly evolving eSports games in the gaming world. With its gameplay and high-level competitive environment, Dota 2 competes with League of Legends in the MOBA category. Most new players to MOBA games have difficulty deciding between LoL and Dota 2. Although some player communities say that Dota 2 player count has decreased, we can say that the statistics show the opposite. In this article, we will try to provide you with detailed information about how many players played Dota 2 in 2021. 

Although it is said that the interest in Dota 2 has decreased over the years, Dota 2 still appears as a game where multi-million dollar tournaments are organized. In addition, a massive prize of 40 million dollars was distributed in the Dota 2 tournament, The International 10, which was held in the past months. 

This prize pool is provided from the revenue from the sale of the battle passes in the game. If the Dota 2 player count was low, it would be impossible to collect such a large amount of prize treasury with the battle pass. We can definitely say that Dota 2 is not dead considering such a situation. 

How Many People Are Playing Dota 2?

Although the Dota 2 player count has shown a downward trend in recent months, it has started to rise again as of this month. As of December 23, Dota 2 currently has a 618,000 to 756,170 player count.

Values generally vary between these numbers. League of Legends, one of the other MOBA games, has more than 800,000 active players. Considering the increasing popularity of the League of Legends Arcane series, the numbers seem pretty reasonable.

MonthsAverage PlayersPeak Players
December 2021428,598756,170
November 2021448,860747,506
October 2021450,761752,482
September 2021391,082666,838
August 2021424,980699,613

As you can see, the currently active player count for Dota 2 shows that thousands of people still enjoy the game. In addition, the number of Dota 2 players peaked in March 2016, hosting 1,291,328 online players at the same time.

dota 2 player count

Other Dota 2 Stats

  • Dota 2 is the second most popular game played on Steam after CSGO. In addition, Dota 2 is nominated for The Steam Awards every year.
  • As of 2021, the most countries that play Dota 2 are the USA with 12.51%, followed by Russia with 10.33%. Other countries are listed as follows; Brazil, Germany, and Vietnam.
  • Dota 2 had 7.6 million monthly active users at the time of its release in 2011. Over time, this number increased, reaching 10 million in 2015 and 13 million in 2016, the highest peak ever. However, with the declines experienced in recent years, we can see it more clearly in the table below.
  January 2015  June 2016  January 2018  January 2019  February 2021
  10.3 Million  13.02 Million  10.82 Million  11.19 Million  7.6 Million
  • The total prize pool to be distributed in Dota 2 The International 11, which will be held next year, has been determined as $45,000,000.

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Is Dota 2 Dying? Active Player-Base in 2021

Valve is trying to increase the interest in Dota 2 as of 2021. In particular, the Dragon’s Blood cartoon series broadcast on Netflix was one of these steps. Unfortunately, they could not achieve the success they wanted compared to League of Legends with Arcane.

Despite the incoming updates, balancing, and other patches, Dota 2 continues to lose players. With the increasing trend in the mobile game industry, interest in most computer games has begun to decline in recent years.

Another critical reason for Dota 2’s loss of players is that young players no longer prefer this game. As it is known, the average age of Dota 2 players is very high compared to other rival games. It is unknown what time will show, but Dota 2 continues to be actively played by hundreds of thousands of people now, and we can say that it will not die quickly.

Dota 2 Twitch Stats

  • Dota 2 has been watched for 576.629,048 hours on Twitch this year. This rate is 16.7% higher than last year.
  • Publishers broadcast a total of 8,239,913 hours as of 2021. This rate is 21.2% higher than last year.
dota 2 player count
  • The average number of users watching Dota 2 on Twitch is 65,825. This rate is again 16.7% higher than last year. At the same time, the number of Max viewers reached 1,636,441.
  • Also, Dota 2 is 10th in average viewership on Twitch. It is in 6th place in the highest viewership ranking.

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