In-Depth: 'Action-RTS' Developers See Dota 2 As Profile-Raiser For Genre

If you ask today's average gamer if he or she has ever heard of or played DotA, chances are you'd get a "no."

But with the announcement of Dota 2 this week, high-profile game maker and digital distributor Valve Software is officially entering the "action-RTS" genre.

While it's unclear what kind of impact Dota 2 will have on the genre, also referred to as Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA), developers speaking to Gamasutra generally were optimistic that Valve could bring more exposure to a category known for its niche -- but loyal -- hardcore contingency.

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