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Dota 2 is bigger than Counter-Strike: Source and Skyrim

Posted by Mauricio "Machz" Valverde 2 years, 15 weeks ago
According to Steam Stats, it’s the second most played game on Steam right now.

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Source: PCGamer.com

Dota2 is still in the ever growing beta phase, yet it is ahead of Counter-Strike: Source, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Skyrim and many other released games in amount of average players per day. Without any other precedents, this feat might show the strength relying on the stand alone and unified platform Dota 2 is expected to be.

Top games by average player count
Average for MayGame
39 549Football Manager 2012
37 429Dota 2
36 286Counter-Strike
31 512Counter-Strike: Source

Source: Steam Stats As of May 9, 2012


Even though Dota 2 Beta player population is growing day by day, the game is falling short to other games when the active player peak count is the measure stick. Football Manager 2012, Counter Strike, and Counter Strike: Source are all ahead of Dota 2 in this field, surely one that many players around the world want to beat by getting a coveted Beta Key.

Top games by peak player count
Peak May 9, 2012Game
65 470Football Manager 2012
59 597Counter-Strike
53 146Counter-Strike: Source
46 270Dota 2
44 123Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 - Multiplayer
43 854Team Fortress 2
32 713The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Source: Steam Stats May 9, 2012


Back in April 2010, Dota 2 dev IceFrog accounted the player base to be around 7-11 million players (without counting China), expecting it to grow even more in the not so distant future.

IceFrog: Q&A Session #4, Posted 04-30-2010 at PlayDota.com Wrote:

Q: How popular is DotA these days? (from china_white)

A: I can only give estimates based on getdota.com usage, because I can't track ingame downloads or fansites or downloads from China. It is roughly estimated (based on the statistics from popular Chinese sites) that the Chinese DotA audience is about 40-50% of the worldwide audience. Not counting China, the playerbase is estimated to be somewhere between 7-11 million. I expect the audience to grow even more in the not too distant future.


What do you think? Will Dota 2 be as successful as Dota?
Or will it fare better or worse?

Links
Steam - Steam Stats
PCGamer - Dota 2 is bigger than Counter-Strike: Source and Skyrim and it’s not even out yet
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