For a game that has yet to officially launch, DOTA 2 sure is doing well for itself. PC Gamer has discovered that this past weekend saw Valve’s MOBA reaching an all-time high of concurrent players, hitting a number just over 180,000. This leaves DOTA 2 as second only to Skyrim in peak concurrent users on Steam.
This information was acquired using Steamgraph, an online tool which allows users to see and compare user stats for Steam games, and shows you the results in graph form for maximum visual aid awesomeness.
DOTA 2 has slowly been building up to a launch, giving player invites in small increments in order to test and protect their game servers from crashes. This new peak in players is a strong sign for a game looking to compete in what is constantly becoming a more crowded MOBA market. With existing games like Heroes of Newerth, and League of Legends already competing in the market, and upcoming titles such as Blizzard’s teased DOTA game, the MOBA genre is becoming an increasingly difficult place from which to draw players.
Following a spike in interest during a tournament back in September, DOTA 2 has seen a steady increase in concurrent players which led up to this past weekend’s record-setting moment. From the looks of things, the number of players should continue to grow as DOTA 2 rolls into 2013, and it shouldn’t be long before we hear about the new high concurrent user number.