1. Get Dota 2 on Steam
Visit the Dota 2 Steam page and click the 'Get Dota 2' button. For now, you'll be added to the launch queue, and we'll email you when we are ready for you to come play. The volume of players let in will gradually increase so we can spread the launch load out over time.
2. Sharpen your skills in the New User Experience
Once you're in, you can get a feel for what Dota 2 is all about by playing through the tutorial. After you've mastered some of the basics of the game, we have AI controlled bots for you to battle against, which can be set to a number of different skill levels. You can even grab a group of friends to play against the bots. It's a great way to get started playing Dota 2 and figuring out who will be your first favorite hero.
3. Let the games begin!
Once you are ready to start playing full games via matchmaking, we'll keep an eye on how you're doing and make sure that you're playing against other players of your skill level. There is also a party system, so you and up to four of your friends can all play together on the same team.
So in case you haven't heard, Dota 2 is now officially released. This means it's no longer a beta and that you can download the client without having to use a beta key. They've expanded their server capacity by a lot, but they have no idea how much more traffic they'll be getting. You might have to wait to play a little if you don't already have Dota 2 on your steam account. Of course, this is all depending on how many new players there will be.
If the game is released, why can't I play it right away?
We want to avoid a situation where a rush of players overloads our server infrastructure. As we increase our capacity, we will let more people in from the launch queue.
What is the frequency you'll be letting new players in?
New players will be added in batches. We will start letting people in and monitor how the entire system reacts, and make sure that we aren't disrupting the entire community. Our goal is to get people in as quickly as possible.
What is the difference between this and the Early Access Sign-up?
The game is officially released. We'll be letting in new users as fast as our server infrastructure allows.
Can I join if I have an unused Dota 2 Early Access Pass?
Well, no. During the launch we need to be able to control the number of users coming into the system, and with the number of passes that are available out in the community, that could create higher demand than our server capacity can initially handle.
Can I still purchase a Dota 2 Early Access Pass or Starter Pack?
The Starter Packs and Access Passes have been discontinued. Going to the Dota 2 Steam page and clicking the Get Dota 2 button is how new players can play the game.
What happens to my unused Dota 2 Early Access Passes?
Everyone who participated in the Early Access phase will receive a special edition pass that indicates how many new players they brought to Dota 2 by trading Early Access Passes. Existing Early Access Passes will go away.
Are there any regions that won't be able to play Dota 2 yet?
The only regions that aren't currently launching are China and Korea, however they will be releasing in the near future. Please visit our partners: Perfect World in China and Nexon in Korea for more information.
Will Dota 2 be available for Mac or Linux?
The Mac and Linux builds are currently in testing and will be available soon.
Now that the game is out of beta, are you finished working on it?
Dota 2 will continue to move forward, just like it always has. We still have old (and eventually new) heroes to release and an endless supply of features to build. We are releasing the game now because it is ready, but of course there isn't an end to the development of the game. Just like we have been for the last couple of years as Dota 2 has grown, we'll be looking to hear from you about how we're doing and about what you'd like us to build next.