Valve Announces Its Own Dota 2 Auto Chess Game

Valve Announces Its Own Dota 2 Auto Chess Game

Valve and Drodo couldn't work together on an Auto Chess game, so Valve is making its own.

Valve has announced its own Dota Auto Chess game with the blessing from the original Auto Chess mod team Drodo Studios. The new version of Auto Chess will be a standalone game and is being developed directly by Valve game makers.

In a new blog post, the Dota team announced its own version of Dota Auto Chess. The massively popular mod was originally developed by Drodo Studios in China and has taken the Dota 2 world by storm. We assumed Valve was interested in pursuing its own version of Auto Chess when it was revealed to have trademarked a new Dota title, "Dota Underlords."

According to Valve, the company first reached out to Drodo Studios to see if the two studios could directly collaborate with each other on an official Auto Chess project. However, Valve and Drodo could not seem to reach a formal agreement.

Instead, Valve is keeping up support for Drodo's popular Auto Chess mod as the Chinese developers work on their standalone Auto Chess mobile game. Meanwhile Valve, "with Drodo's blessing," will work on its own Auto Chess game for Dota 2.

"We appreciate the great encouragements, support and help that Valve offered on Dota Auto Chess and Drodo's standalone game," said Drodo in a statement. "Being a fan of Dota 2, 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."

Valve hasn't revealed details of its in-house Auto Chess title, or whether it's related to the Dota Underlords trademark. We'll have more details as they are revealed.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

Read this next

Why Valve Making Its Own Auto Chess Is A Big Deal

The next step in a long line of mod succession is a big one.

Valve's Dota Underlords Trademark Sparks Spin-Off Speculation

Something new is probably coming at this year's International.

Here's When You Can Pre-Order Artifact, Valve's Dota 2 Card Game

Here's how to get in early for Valve's upcoming Dota 2 card game.

Artifact Beta, Release Date, Gameplay, Dota 2 Cards - Everything we Know

Here's everything you need to know about Artifact, the upcoming Dota 2 card game, including potential release dates, gameplay, price points, and rules.

Dota 2 Card Game Artifact Lives and Dies on Its Three Lanes

Valve Software's shot at the digital collectible card game genre tries to differentiate itself with a new mechanic.

More News

Destiny 2's Console Players Are Having a Fun, Disastrous Time Switching to PC

Turns out there are some differences between the platforms.

One of Epic's Flagship Exclusives is Coming to Steam

Supergiant's Hades aiming for v1.0 sometime next year.

More on PC

Remnant From The Ashes Forged Iron Locations

You’ll need Forged Iron to upgrade your weapons and armor in Remnant From The Ashes. Here’s where to find it.

Remnant From The Ashes: How to Get the Strange Coin

If you want the Magnum Revolver in Remnant From The Ashes, you’ll need to find the Strange Coin.

What the Heck is Ray Tracing and Why Does it Matter for Next-Generation Consoles? An Explainer

Nvidia is pushing ray tracing very hard, so let's talk about why it matters to games.

Destiny 2's Console Players Are Having a Fun, Disastrous Time Switching to PC

Turns out there are some differences between the platforms.

One of Epic's Flagship Exclusives is Coming to Steam

Supergiant's Hades aiming for v1.0 sometime next year.

Life Is Strange 2, Episode 4 Review

Life Is Strange 2's penultimate episode is an emotional one.

New Trials of Mana Footage Shows Cleaner, More Accessible Fights

Let's have a good clean fight, Mana fans.

More MOBA Games

What Game Are You Playing Over 4th of July Weekend?

COMMUNITY QUESTION | It's a long weekend for some folks, or a fractured week for others. Anyway, what are you playing?

Former Blizzard Co-Founder Discusses Some of Blizzard's Biggest Failings, Hints at a Comeback

Mike Morhaime is now free to talk about his time at Blizzard.

Riot Games Under Investigation by the State of California For Gender Discrimination [Update]

Riot Games has allegedly refused to cooperate with the state over an investigation into gender discrimination.