Valve finally issued an update to DotA 2 that gave the game a dramatic makeover. This update was called DotA 2: Reborn and the reason was it converted the game to Valve’s Source 2 engine which gave it a new and updated look, new menus, interfaces, and new features. Well, not everyone likes change.
According to Kotaku, during the month of September, Valve saw a drop of almost 16% in active DotA 2 players. That is a significant number. Enough that they should be worried.
Based on the timing of the decline, this is no coincidence. It looks like players are not liking the update as much as Valve had hoped. Also you have to realize that there have been numerous complaints about bugs in the game and several players claim that the update made the game harder to interact with, among other complaints. Kotaku thinks it could be other reasons, like school starting again in the fall, or The International DotA 2 competition ending.
Maybe the truth is that it is a bit of all of these things. Whatever the reason they aren’t excited enough to play. Maybe Valve can fix this and generate some more excitement again. We will see over time I guess.