by John Callaham
Most beta periods for games lasts a few months, but the beta test period for Valve's free-to-play RPG-RTS game Dota 2 has lasted for two years. Today, the beta period is officially over as the developer is now letting anyone play the game.
Even though the game has been in beta for a long time, the number of people invited to the beta test is massive. In an email, Valve said that Dota 2 currently has over three million monthly users, with peak concurrent users of over 300,000.
That's a lot of Dota 2 players, but in a post on the game's official website, Valve said that they have been working overtime to get ready for today's official launch. It stated that it has added server hardware in Stockholm and Luxembourg (shown above) along with the western part of the US as well as a new server cluster in Korea. The hope is that the game will be able to support another 450,000 concurrent players. The post adds:
Figuring out how much capacity to add, and where, is one important aspect of this launch. For the stats people out there, concurrent numbers are more useful when predicting what capacity we need for specific regions, because Dota players in the same region tend to play during similar hours. Our worldwide active user base is roughly twelve times the peak concurrency.While the beta period is over, Valve will be adding new players to Dota 2 in batches in order to handle the expected demand.
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