Valve confirms that Dota 2 will finally release later this summer
Speaking to GameSpot's Rod Breslau, Valve's vice president of marketing, Doug Lombardi, confirmed that Dota 2 will finally release at some point during this Summer before the annual Dota 2 tournament, The International 3.
The coming MOBA war is going to be pretty fascinating to observe. League of Legends is obviously the MOBA genre's undisputed leader, but it also had a large head start in building a player base. Dota 2 on the other hand, has still managed to build a fervent fan community despite the game costing $30+ for many players.
What will happen when the MOBA juggernaut, LoL, goes head to head with a game that is directly backed by the gaming community's most beloved company, Valve, which has access to the PC's largest distribution network? We have no idea, but it should be fascinating to watch it play out.
This will also have ramifications on the eSports business as well. LoL is currently the undisputed leader in eSports, but will that continue to be the case if the MOBA genre's fans are more split? Or if Valve continues pumping money into the scene with tournaments like The International?