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Valve’s making its own Auto Chess for Dota 2

The popular Dota 2 mod is getting an ‘official’ version

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Dota Auto Chess, the popular custom game mod for Dota 2, has racked up more than 8.5 million players and more than 1 billion games since its release earlier this year. Now, Valve is making its own in-house developed version of Auto Chess, with the original creators’ blessing.

On the official Dota 2 website, Valve said that it reached out to Dota Auto Chess creators Drodo to “collaborate directly with us.” But the two parties “came to the conclusion that Valve and Drodo could not work directly with each other for a variety of reasons.”

The result is that Drodo and Valve will each work on their own versions of Dota Auto Chess. Drodo will continue to develop a mobile version — which doesn’t use Dota characters — and Valve will develop its own stand-alone internal game. Drodo will also continue to update the custom game mod available through Steam.

”We appreciate the great encouragements, support and help that Valve offered on Dota Auto Chess and Drodo’s standalone game,” Drodo said in a statement. “Valve has been a great company, who gave birth to the Steam Platform and open community like Workshop, enabling millions of players to display their talents. Being a fan of Dota 2, we have great confidence in Valve’s new game, and expect the next world-class game. In the meantime, with Valve’s support, Drodo will continue updating the DAC mod, and attempt to design new modes and adaptations in our stand-alone game. We endeavor to offer more to you, all the fans that like Auto Chess. Thank you, it’s you that are making this possible. We look forward to growing together!”

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