Filipino Village Bans Dota After Multiple Murders

A small village in the Philippines will no longer allow residents to play Defense of the Ancients following a series of violent incidents that culminated in two deadly stabbings. » 1/22/15 12:15pm 1/22/15 12:15pm

Chinese Video Likens Valve's Big Dota 2 Tournament To The World Cup

The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is in full swing! As with the previous two World Cups, China doesn't have a team in the tournament. But in the upcoming 2014 Dota 2 International in Seattle, China makes up 1/8 of the 16 teams. » 6/23/14 7:00am 6/23/14 7:00am

Chinese Players Call Out International DotA Players: China’s The Best

MOBA games are super popular in China right now. Sure, they’re super popular everywhere, but they are particularly popular in China—that's why, when a netizen asked online what China does better than the US, the most popular answer was Defense of the Ancients. » 11/04/13 8:00am 11/04/13 8:00am

In China, You Can Pay Women To Play Video Games With You

In many parts of Asia, there is a job called "beer companion". It's exactly as its name implies. Young women working for a bar or a beer company dress in relatively skimpy outfits to drink with and to entertain bar guests. It's already hit the West, but this seems this type of service is now moving towards the video… » 4/08/13 7:30am 4/08/13 7:30am

Now You Can Even Play DotA In Minecraft

Sick of waiting for the final version of Valve's upcoming Dota 2? You can play a totally unique version of the popular strategy game in this ridiculously detailed Minecraft map, inspired by League of Legends and chock full of towers, upgrades, shops, and other goodies. » 4/16/12 6:30pm 4/16/12 6:30pm

League of Legends Gets New Fast-Paced Game Mode, Map

The Defense of the Ancients genre seems to be heating up. Last week Heroes of Newerth went free to play. Earlier this week we learned that Valve's DOTA 2 will be playable at Gamescom and now comes news from League of Legends. » 8/04/11 8:24am 8/04/11 8:24am

Do You Ever Regret the Time Spent Gaming?

Commenter Aikage returns to Speak Up on Kotaku for the second time in as many days, wondering if you every iamgine where life would have taken you if not for all of that time spent gaming. » 7/27/11 11:20am 7/27/11 11:20am

The Gods Must Be Defending The Ancients In Hi-Rez's Smite

Who would win in a fight, Zeus or Anubis? Hi-Rez Studios, the creators of Global Agenda and the upcoming Tribes: Ascend are taking a divine stab at the defense of the ancients genre with Smite, full-on arena battles between mythical gods. » 4/21/11 1:20pm 4/21/11 1:20pm

Valve's Take On Dota Explained By Its Creator

The makers of Half-Life, Team Fortress and Portal are taking popular Warcraft III mod Defense of the Ancients and making it their own. The man behind it all gets into the nitty-gritty of the all-new Dota in a new Q&A. » 11/01/10 9:30pm 11/01/10 9:30pm

Valve's New Game Is Dota 2

From the studio that brought us Half-Life, Portal and Team Fortress, the next big thing will be Dota 2. That's a new Defense of the Ancients game coming to PC and Mac in 2011. » 10/13/10 1:11pm 10/13/10 1:11pm

New Defense of the Ancients Trademark Points To Valve

Rumors that Valve is planning on doing more with ultra-popular Warcraft III mod Defense of the Ancients All-Stars—or DotA—feel a lot less rumor-like now. The Half-Life developer recently trademarked "DOTA" for future use. » 8/11/10 7:40pm 8/11/10 7:40pm

League Of Legends Kicks Off Season One Next Week

Oh it's on. After several months' worth of pre-season play, Riot Games is ready to kick things into high gear with next week's launch of League of Legends' first official competition season, complete with ladders, ranked games, and draft mode. » 7/06/10 5:20pm 7/06/10 5:20pm

Savage Take On Defense Of The Ancients Enters Open Beta

Savage developer S2 Games is ready to bring its take on the Defense of the Ancients Warcraft III scenario to the masses, with the launch of the Heroes of Newerth open beta. » 4/01/10 12:20pm 4/01/10 12:20pm

League of Legends Review: Free, Addictive, Worthy

What started as a modification of Warcraft III by a group of fans has turned into an ambitious free-to-play PC strategy title packed with a surprising amount of tactics in an easy to pick-up-and-play package. » 11/04/09 3:00pm 11/04/09 3:00pm

League Of Legends Beta Cracks Wide Open

The evolution of Defense of the Ancients is now freely available, as Riot Games opens up the beta for League of Legends in advance of its October 27th "pre-season" launch. » 10/22/09 1:40pm 10/22/09 1:40pm

Valve Snaps Up Defense of the Ancients Dev

Valve has made a hire that should perk up the ears of the Warcraft III mod community, as "IceFrog," the current developer of ultra popular Defense of the Ancients Allstars, has found gainful employment at the house of Half-Life. » 10/05/09 3:40pm 10/05/09 3:40pm