Today Valve has released a new game and is already attracting a lot of Steam.
But even so, it's hard to deny the rushing enthusiasm around the newly-created "auto-chess" genre of games that recently erupted from Dota 2 mod with the same name.
Since the creation of this mod, a single game from the original fashion team just titled Auto Chess, released on the mobile phone (and coming to Epic Games Store soon), Dota Underlords was announced and released by Valve, and Riot Games made an equivalent League of Legends, called Team Fight Tactics – all three of which have been released over the last few months.
Chess style games are basically tactical deck building games where players buy and update units, put them on the net and then automatically make them fight in circles against other players while only one person remains . All heroes are available to all players, with microtranslations usually taking the form of a battle with cosmetics.
While the Valve Dota-themed artefacts of the Valve Dota-themed have received positive start-up results, its players base is rapidly diminishing. In the end, Valve admitted that the game had "deep-rooted problems" and committed to fixing them to overturn the artifact.
Meanwhile, another team started working on Dota Underlords and that was in their favor. Although the number of players seems to have surpassed the day, it is likely to continue to grow over the next weekend – even with all the races it has.
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