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 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.
Eric Van Allen
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.
African Esports Are Ready to Explode, but Video Game Publishers Are Holding Them Back
The esports industry has never been bigger, but Africa is being left behind.