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author: Entelarmer

Valve Acquires Dota Auto Chess Devs?

New rumors about a possible acquisition of Dota Auto Chess developers by Valve are surfacing on the web. According to VPESports, the company is considering to change the popular mod into a commercial one and take over its developer.

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Is Valve whetting its appetite for a new group of talented developers?

As Dota Auto Chess gained significant popularity, many people wondered whether Valve would decide to take over the creators of this modification. Recent reports seem to indicate that this is very likely. VPESports acquired information about Gabe Newell's plans to commercialise the mod and transform it into a full-fledged production. This would mean the official support for the team at Drodo Studio in developing the title.

It's easy to understand why Valve may be interested in this mod. Ten days after the release of Dota Auto Chess, 100,000 players played it at the same time, and recently the creators reported that they managed to triple the result. Currently, the project has 4.4 million subscribers in the Steam Workshop, 400,000 of which occurred in the last four days (on February 16 the creators boasted of 4 million subscriptions). By the way, the modification attracted crowds to Dota 2, which is experiencing a real renaissance right now.

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The Dota 2 chess battles are very popular on Steam.

As we can seen, Valve has every reason to be interested in this title, especially as its own card game is doing much worse. Drodo Studio itself has long since contacted the company (via Reddit), for now only to add the matchmaking feature. Valve is known for taking in promising productions and their creators. Portal, Counter-Strike, Left 4 Dead - these are all brands created by teams which were eventually hired by Gabe Newell after their projects were presented to Valve. So it's easy to believe in VPESports' assurances about the planned acquisition of Drodo Studio. For the time being, however, we recommend that you do not treat these reports as confirmed - at least until we have received official information.

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