Dota Auto Chess Player Count Surpasses Eight Million

April 30, 2019 Dota Auto Chess has taken another step forward.

The Dota fan-made phenomenon continues to grow. Dota Auto Chess now boasts over eight million subscribers, in addition to a concurrent player count that would make it one of Steam’s most played games in its own right. (And that’s not even counting Auto Chess mobile.)

The custom game mode page on Steam says it now has over eight million subscribers. That’s a huge number, but it’s made all the more impressive by the mode’s phenomenal growth – we reported that Dota Auto Chess hit 6.1 million subscribers last month, so its prodigious growth continues long after the debut phenomenal mod.

Concurrent player counts for the mode have tended to hover between 100,000 and 200,000 for the past few months, which would place Auto Chess comfortably in Steam’s top five. PUBG, CS:GO, and Dota 2 itself beat it into the top three, but it would likely claim fourth place, ahead of GTA V, Warframe, and Rainbow Six Siege.

Despite its name, Dota Auto Chess has little in common with the famous MOBA or the old board game. Earlier this year, Ian took a look for himself and prepared a brief explainer. While you’ll benefit from a little knowledge of Dota, it’s not completely necessary, as Auto Chess has more in common with a turn-based strategy title.

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All in all, it’s pretty complicated, especially for a fan-made project. It has its own leveling system, builds on Dota’s existing roster, and requires you to balance resources over multiple rounds, while other players compete to do the same. That said, it clearly doesn’t put people off.

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