Dota 2 Auto Chess, the mod that just keeps growing, has hit yet another insane milestone as it reached six million users Tuesday.
Drodo Studio, the developers of the popular mod, have seen their Custom Game mode turn into a gaming phenomenon that has even been the subject of rumors that Valve is bringing the team on full-time.
Auto Chess hit 4 million players on Feb. 16, and just eleven days later the game reached the 5 million mark. That absurd growth clearly hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. In fact, the game is pulling in around 40,000 new players on average each day.
That rate likely isn’t sustainable in the long run, but if it keeps up for even a few more weeks, Auto Chess will be celebrating seven million players within the next 30 days. As a result, the prospect of Valve bringing them in just as the fanbase begins to settle could be another boost to the game and Dota 2 as a whole.
Valve has a deep history in the modding community, with Dota 2, Counter-Strike, and Team Fortress 2 all being mods it has turned into juggernaut franchises. So the idea of Drodo joining Valve to essentially make Auto Chess what Artifact has clearly not been for the team fills a lot of holes for the company.
Dota 2 has surged back onto the top of Steam’s most-played list largely in part thanks to both the ongoing Dota Pro Circuit and Auto Chess. At the time of writing this article, there are 306,962 active users playing Dota 2 according to Steam Charts.
With tournaments like the TwitchRivals Dota 2 Auto Chess Showdown popping up more frequently and top players of other games coming over to play the mod, there is not a foreseeable ceiling for this once hidden gem.