While Valve makes their own games, some of the company’s more famous and popular games are actually mods based on games which they then acquired and turned it into their own thing. Some examples include Counter-Strike, which was a mod created in Half-Life, then there is also Team Fortress which was a Quake mod, and DotA 2 which was a mod made in Warcraft 3.
However it seems that Valve could be considering expanding on its DotA franchise because according to a report from VPEsports, the company could be mulling the acquisition of a DotA 2 mod known as Dota Auto Chess. The game, for those unfamiliar, is a turned-based strategy game that uses characters from the DotA 2 franchise.
It has been extremely well-received to the point where the team behind the mod stated that they might be looking to expand their staff by hiring addition people, and it currently has about 4.4 million subscribers to date. This could be one of the reasons why Valve is interested in getting their hands on it, where they might be able to leverage the game to their advantage.
Right now apart from DotA 2, Valve also has Artifact which is a card-based game also based on the DotA universe, but it seems that it isn’t exactly doing too well where it reportedly struggles to go past 1,000 players, where last week it even hit an all-time low of just 299 players.