The last time Dota 2 crossed the 900k mark was in June 2017.
Dota 2 has proven once again that it can stand the test of time, being one of the most played since 2011. That was eight years ago, and the game is still going strong. It did hit a low point last year, if you call the lowest peak user count of 700k a low point.
The game has danced around the 800k and 700k mark for a long time. But just today, Dota 2 crossed the 900k concurrent player mark, the first time since June 2017. At the time of writing, the highest player count for the game is 912,378 players, which is still below Dota 2’s all time high of 1,291,398 players.
Dota is not dead!
The recent increase can be attributed to the new 7.21 update and the seasonal ranked reset. Many players are flocking to the game to complete their calibrations and get their ranked medals.
Also just a few days ago, Dota 2 released the New Bloom update. The update, in celebration of the new year, will grant players exclusive rewards for every victory in the normal matchmaking. The event started on February 1 and will go on until February 11th.
Dota Auto Chess, a new custom game mode, has also become a rage, averaging around 130k players everyday.
The game mode has become so popular that there are several reports of people downloading Dota 2 just to play the custom game.
However, the biggest update since 7.20 is yet to come. Since TI8, players have been eagerly waiting for the new hero, Mars. Valve announced that he will be coming to Dota 2 in February ending or the beginning of March. That will be another chance for Dota 2 to reach a higher player count.