The battle pass marks the begin of a particular time for Dota 2 followers. It reminds all players that The International, the most prestigious Dota 2 occasion on the sport’s aggressive calendar, is shortly approaching. Though loads was lacking in the 2022 Dota 2 battle pass, the participant numbers nonetheless surged with the expectations and broke the game’s peak player depend after two years.

In 2016 and 2017, it wasn’t uncommon for Dota 2 to have over one million players online concurrently. The sport by no means had greater than one million players online at the identical time since Feb. 2019 and hasn’t had over 800,000 players since April 2020. With some followers shifting on to completely different endeavors and Valve’s dangerous repute in marketing, the peak and common participant depend for Dota 2  started to stagnate and decline.

Whenever there’s a highly-anticipated content material launch, like the battle pass or a significant event like TI, Dota 2 veterans mud off their gaming gear as their love for the sport rekindles. On Sept. 1, the 2022 battle pass launch pushed Dota 2’s peak participant depend to 826,804, the highest it’s ever been in the final two years.

Valve, on the different hand, could have a troublesome time retaining the players returning to the sport since the Dota 2 neighborhood has been vocal about their disappointment in the 2022 battle pass. With a number of key content material lacking, and more durable level-up situations for free-to-play players, most have been questioning whether or not the 2022 Dota 2 battle pass is value it.