There are always games that you play over and over again. And there are games that you can’t help but play anytime you want. And then, there are games that are almost like an obsession, and you want to play them anytime you can manage it. Ever since 2013, Dota 2 has been one of those titles. The MOBA, made by Valve, has been so popular that it consistently is at the top of the Steam charts in terms of active players, concurrent players, and more. But, there has been a downturn of late.
As Redditors have found, Dota 2 seems to be on a downturn of sorts in terms of active players on it. As you can see in the picture below, ever since around October of last year, there has been a slow decline of players still playing the MOBA. So much so that the numbers are now below where they were in June 2014! Naturally, Redditors were eager to express their thoughts on why this is.
Some players noted that they left because of the matchmaking. They wanted to be put in good groups but kept getting lumped in with people who aren’t as experienced as them, or sometimes don’t even speak the same language.
For others, it’s a matter of interest, like interest in playing the game. To play Dota 2 is a risk to newcomers in some Redditors eyes as the game is full of very experienced players who aren’t looking to go easy on them. Others note that Ranked Mode isn’t what it should be, and that’s a major part of the game.
A few play the community itself, not for being experienced, but for being toxic, which is a feeling many online games have. And finally, some just like playing other games more, and it’s easier to play Dota 2 is bursts and keep it enjoyable, then leave and come back when it’s fresh.
Make no mistake, the game isn’t dying. Other titles would kill for these numbers, it’s just an interesting thing that does need discussion as to why it’s happening.