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DotA and the DotA Based Games (DBG) genre

DotA and DotA Based Games genre

If you look at the history of DotA All-Stars, the game was supposedly based on the Starcraft UMS called Aeon of Strife. When Blizzard Entertainment released Warcraft III, a game developer named Eul started with a custom map called DotA. Back then, there were various maps called DotA but the one that stood out was All-Stars.

After Eul, Guinsoo took over and helped DotA All-Stars climb in the ranks of the most played Battlenet games.
What comes next is unprecedented...

Icefrog took over and DotA All-Stars literally boomed!
Fueled by gaming platforms like Garena, DotA All-Stars became the most played Warcraft mod in the world.

Now comes another chapter...
Because of DotA's popularity, game developers took notice and started creating stand alone games based on DotA All-Stars.

Here are some games spawned by DotA's popularity.

Demigod is a video game developed by GAS that falls under the DotA Based Games (DBG) genre. You can choose from several Demigods, each ready for battle with their own unique capabilities and powers. Vanquish other would-be gods as you gain levels, increase in power, unlock the power of mystic artifacts and slowly battle your way closer to joining the Pantheon.
Demi-god isn't alone in the fast rising DotA Based Games (DBGs) craze.
There are a few more DBGs coming out.
Here's a rundown:

League of Legends

League of Legends: Clash of Fates is an upcoming dota based game (DBG) developed by Riot Games. There has been a theory that this is what caused Icefrog to break away from Pendragon's DotA-AllStars website but then again, it's just a theory.
Read all about the Icefrog League of Legends theory.

Heroes of Newerth

Heroes of Newerth or HoN has been called the DotA rip-off by it's critics claiming that HON has been mimicking almost everything in Icefrog's DotA-AllStars. But there's a big possibility that the final product will be very different from the released screenshots and updates so far. Read the Heroes of Newerth article on Atchucan Gaming to find out more and to view some in-game screenshots.
Bloodline Champions
Bloodline Champions is a competitive dota based game (DBG) for ten players where two teams fight it out. This DBG was developed by a Swedish team called Frostfire. Each player can choose between a variety of playable Bloodlines with different abilities. You can choose from the strength of the Vanguard to the magic of the Harbinger. These Bloodlines fight each other in a unique setting which combines both Asian and African cultural influences into something never seen before.

DotA has launched the DBG (DotA Based Games) genre almost single-handedly.
What can you say about these games?
Do you think they're rip-offs? Or creative games that deserve our support?

DotA Based Games (DBGs) - Heroes of Newerth

The Dota Based Games (OMAs) genre has a new player = Heroes of Newerth
Looks like it could give DotA, Demi-god and League of Legends a run for it's money.

Read all about it:

Become a Fan of DotA on Facebook

These days, even DotA-AllStars gets it's own Facebook Fan Page.
Show support to Icefrog and PlayDotA

Become a fan! Official DotA-AllStars Website is now the OFFICIAL DotA All-Stars website.

Why switch to PlayDotA instead of the old League of Legends infested DA run by Pendragon?

Here's the official statement by Icefrog on the Play Dota website:

The overall goal for this site is to provide a long term service to the DotA community improve a DotA player's ability to enjoy the game and become more immersed in the DotA world overall.

I do not currently plan on having any advertisements on the site, so please do not send requests regarding this. Our focus is going to be on the well-being of the game and nourishing the community at large. Ad revenue or maximizing traffic will not be a driving force behind any decisions we make. will actively promote events and news from many different communities that support DotA. While we want to provide users with a quality experience here, our view is that the more we raise exposure to the positive activities that many leagues, fansites, and organizations are doing the better it is for DotA.

So what are you waiting for?
Make the switch now!