Dota 2’s player count drops below 400k for the first time since 2014

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The average player count for Dota 2 has dropped to its lowest point in almost six years and experienced a decline of nearly 8% on last month.

According to stats from Steam Charts, the average player count for the MOBA in October dipped below the 400,000 mark for the first time since January 2014. Steam Charts also report that Dota 2 lost over 33,000 players during October, which is a drop of 7.98% on September. At its peak in February 2016, Dota 2 boasted an average player count of 709,000, meaning the player base has almost halved since then.

2019 has been a turbulent year when looking at the rise and fall of Dota 2’s player count. The beginning of the year saw a spike in popularity with over 100,000 players return to the game. However, this has now tailed off significantly. With numbers at an almost six year low, many are wondering if the player count will ever recover.

Despite the decline in player count, which now puts it well behind its main rival League of Legends, Dota 2 still continues to draw in healthy audience on platforms like Twitch to watch others play the game. According to Twitch Metrics, it has been the seventh most watched game on the streaming site this month, trumping the likes of Apex Legends and PUBG.

Dota 2 still also has a thriving competitive scene that draws in relatively big audiences and its main competitive event of the year, The International, offered the largest prize pot in esports history this year.

There has been something of a lull in the last couple of months competitively, with only a few notable tournaments taking place since The International in August.

With the Chengdu Major just a few weeks away, maybe some top level competitive Dota 2 action will inspire people to jump back into it and potentially see that player count rise.