Auto Chess Blew Up, and Big Publishers Raced to Cash In

The time between "popular small game" to "trendy new genre" is shrinking, and AAA Developers are coming out on top.


Valve Is Creating Its Own Version of 'Dota Auto Chess,' a Mod of 'Dota 2'

'Dota Auto Chess' is being forked into two commercial versions of a mod of a game which is itself a commercial version of a mod.


'We Will Win:' OpenAI's 'Dota 2' Team Is Crushing Humans Online, But Players Are Not Giving Up

'The bots are locked. They are not learning, but we humans are. We will win.'


One of the Biggest Games in the World Is a Mod of a Mod

’Dota Auto Chess,' a mod of 'Dota 2,' which itself is based on a mod for 'Warcraft 3,' has millions of players and growing.


This robot is beating the world's best video gamers

Meet the AI gamer that is taking on the world's best gamers at Dota 2


This Year, 'Dota 2' Gave Us A Cinderella Story for the Ages

After a time of wild turmoil, personal conflict, and losing key members, 'Dota 2' team OG just clutched the ultimate prize. Here's their story.


OpenAI Is Beating Humans at ‘Dota 2’ Because It’s Basically Cheating

AI defeating human players at 'Dota 2' is impressive, but it was only possible thanks to significant guardrails and an inhuman advantage.


'Dota 2' Player Who Used Programmable Mouse Disqualified His Team From $15 Million Tournament

The International 2018 organizers disqualified a South American team from a $15 million tournament when one of its players used a mouse with programmable buttons.


Valve Disables Item Trading for Dutch 'Counter-Strike' Players, Making Their Expensive Gun Skins Worthless

The change to comply with Dutch regulations came with no warning, leaving players stuck with valuable inventories.


A 'Dota 2' Matchfixer's Plea Shows What's Really Rotten in Dota Esports

In a global landscape rife with inequality and precarity for aspiring players, packed with gamblers and scam-artists, why do players bear all the blame and punishment?


4 Gamers Explain Why They Make Other Players' Lives a Living Hell

It's a problem as old as video games: Gamers insult, harass and threaten other players—despite the risk of being booted from the game. Four flamers confess why they can't shake the habit.


Valve's "Solution" to Review Bombing Ignores Steam's Longstanding Problems

A fancy graph may actually incentive further review bombing runs, and underscores Valve's reluctance to hire humans to deal with human problems.