Dota Auto Chess was a custom game created by Drodo Studio that became an instant hit with the gaming community, garnering more than 10 million subscribers of the game online! A few weeks ago, VPEsports reported that Valve were eyeballing Dota Auto Chess for acquisition. It has happened, but not exactly the way in which we thought it would. Ther entire statement from Valve can be read here: http://blog.dota2.com/2019/05/dota-auto-chess/
Yes, Valve will be making their own version of Dota Auto Chess, a standalone game which will be separate from Dota 2. However, it will not be with the creaters of Dota Auto Chess, Drodo Studio. Valve mentioned in their statement that the organization could not come to an agreement with Drodo Studio, so the two will be going their separate ways while still helping and supporting each other.
We had great conversations, but we both came to the conclusion that Valve and Drodo could not work directly with each other for a variety of reasons. We ended up agreeing that we’ll each build our own stand-alone version of the game, and support each other to the fullest. Drodo has been working on their own, non-Dota mobile game and the beta is out now. We’ve worked with them to help the existing DAC mod players migrate their account progress over to their new game. It looks pretty cool so far, we encourage you to go check it out.Valve regarding working with Drodo Studio
Drodo Studio had only good things to say about Valve as well…
We appreciate the great encouragements, support and help that Valve offered on Dota Auto Chess and Drodo’s standalone game. 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 Dota2, 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!Drodo Studio about Valve
No details have been revealed by Valve on when their stand alone version of Dota Auto Chess will be released, but I have a feeling we will receive a huge update about it during The International 2019 (unless they release it before TI9, which seems a bit unlikely). Considering how popular the game has become, it is bound to make it big as an esports title. Well, I guess Valve can finally forget about Artifact and look onto brighter things, and so can we!