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Posted by , 10 July 2013 at 6:33 am UTC / 14052 views
DOTA2 has finally gotten it's official release now and the developers have officially stated the Linux (and Mac) version is to hit soon!

Speaking on their official release post they state this very clearly:
QuoteWill Dota 2 be available for Mac or Linux?
The Mac and Linux builds are currently in testing and will be available soon.
Awesome news, I honestly didn't think it would be the next Valve game we get, I love being wrong. Personally it is one of my favourites and a game I have spent many hours on under Wine.

Considering it's the most popular game on Steam and has been for some time, this is going to be huge for Linux to have such an active game, considering it's free as well is just an added bonus.

They already have their issue tracker up ready for bug reports.

It seems it may even drop rather soon when you look at a Valve developers comments;
QuoteThe beta is going out very soon; the reason we're filling the bug tracker with known issues in advance is to avoid a flurry of duplicate reports when it does.
So who wants to place bets? Next week anyone?

Update 2:
We now officially have the Test client which should show up in your Linux Steam clients, the main client shouldn't be too far behind, a month or two hopefully!

About DOTA2:
Dota began as a user-made modification for Warcraft 3 and has grown into one of the most played online games in the world. Following in the tradition of Counter-Strike, Day of Defeat, Team Fortress, Portal, and Alien Swarm, Dota 2 is the result of Valve hiring the community developers who built the mod and giving them the chance to finally build a full product out of their idea with the help of a professional team of developers and artists at Valve.

As for the gameplay, it’s a little hard to describe. The camera is set in the traditional RTS perspective, but it wouldn’t be fair to call Dota an RTS. And while each hero starts at level 1, and many times hits the level cap of 25, it wouldn’t be fair to call it an RPG.

Lots of people have tried to assign various genre names to Dota, but we think Action RTS is probably the most descriptive. And while we don’t spend a lot of time trying to figure out what genre the game is inventing, we can’t stop playing it internally!
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toor commented on 10 July 2013 at 7:25 am UTC

great news !!! Will it be free to play?

HardPenguin (notloggedin) commented on 10 July 2013 at 8:09 am UTC

toorgreat news !!! Will it be free to play?
Check out the Steam page for DOTA2 It is free to play!

Lord Avallon commented on 10 July 2013 at 11:21 am UTC

One more great addition to the Steam for Linux catalog!

xeranas commented on 10 July 2013 at 11:35 am UTC
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Very good news!

Kurremkarmerruk commented on 10 July 2013 at 12:37 pm UTC

I'd say this Friday!  *crosses fingers*

oldrocker99 commented on 10 July 2013 at 1:25 pm UTC
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I don't even remember buying DOTA 2, but there it was in my Windows Steam library, and it's a pretty nifty game; of course, I only boot into Windows about once a week. Linux DOTA 2 will allow me to compete against my nephew.

And get my ass kicked...

toor commented on 10 July 2013 at 2:37 pm UTC

Well I still prefere Heroes of newerth

guilherme7tw commented on 10 July 2013 at 6:57 pm UTC

DOTA 2 (test) appears on my steam now.. downloading.

Guest commented on 10 July 2013 at 8:50 pm UTC

So, I'll just leave this here for now  Seems that when Valve says "soon" they friggin mean it:


Guest commented on 10 July 2013 at 9:08 pm UTC

If you downloaded the files earlier tonight, just check them for integrity and this will trigger the download of the rest of the files. Linux beta is out.

Minimum Linux System Requirements:
Ubuntu 12.04, dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz, 4GB RAM, nVidia GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeaon HD2600/3600 (Graphic Drivers: nVidia 310, AMD 12.11), OpenGL 2.1, 4GB Hard Drive Space, OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
Mac and Linux support is early and experimental. They will be remain in Dota 2 Test until the testing phase is complete. For reporting bugs, please see the Dota 2 GitHub at For community discussion of the Mac and Linux versions head to the Dota 2 Dev forums at

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