Dota 2 is an online real time strategy game. The game was created by Valve Corporation, an American game developing company which typically releases games on Steam. Some of Valve's other most famous games include Counterstrike, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress, and Portal.
Dota 2 is the sequel to an original game, Defense of the Ancients. Valve Corporation began developing the game in 2009 and released the game on 2013 both on Windows and Linux.
This competitive real time strategy game is played on teams of 5. The game has some similarities to RPGs (role playing games). During each battle, each team's goal is to destroy the enemy's ancient. An ancient is a special type of building.
Many real time strategy games involve growing and upgrading armies to use in battles. Dota 2 instead uses one hero for each player. Heroes can be upgraded by gaining experience, which is accumulated as one plays the game. By upgrading the hero, he unlocks more abilities and his skills are increased. Heroes can also carry up to 6 items in their inventory, which help them during battles.
The game uses gold as a currency, which is gained by killing enemies and winning battles. Gold can be used to further upgrade heroes and obtain items.
Dota 2 is known for its team play aspect. Without effective communication and coordination among teammates, it is difficult to compete.
The main developer of Dota 2 goes by the creator name IceFrog. IceFrog has never released his true name, nor any information other than being born in 1984.
Dota 2 is a recognized eSport and there have been many tournaments featuring Dota 2. The biggest tournament is The International, which has taken place each year since 2013. The prize money is funded by the audience.