In the context: Valve announced this week that it will begin removing Dota 2 support for older Windows and Mac systems, as well as older graphical APIs in the near future, to make development easier. This should affect a very small percentage of players, although Dota 2 is designed to be compatible with a wide range of PCs.
Towards the end of the blog mailValve said the changes will take place within a few months. Eventually, support will be dropped for 32-bit versions of Windows and macOS below 10.14. Ultimately, Dota 2 will only support DirectX 11 and Vulkan, dropping support for DirectX 9 and OpenGL. Finally, it will stop supporting XAudio by switching to SDL Audio.
The blog post points out how Dota 2 is already taking advantage of new operating systems and APIs to improve graphics, sound and performance. However, until now, Valve has still supported players using older systems. The blog suggests dropping support to free up resources and focus on more modern systems. “Removing these old technologies will allow us to streamline our development efforts as well as leverage new features in these APIs to provide an even better Dota experience.”
Valve has no public data on what percentage of Dota 2 players will be affected by this, but it does state that nothing will change for the “majority” of players. Statistics for all Steam users (Dota 2 remains one of the most played games on Steam) show that less than one percent use 32-bit versions of Windows 7 or 10 and less than 0.2 percent use versions of macOS. older than 10.14.
For comparison: League of Legends from Riot Games. the lists 64-bit Windows according to its recommended system requirements, but not the minimum. It still supports macOS starting from version 10.12, but does not support DirectX 9. Valorant, despite the same high system requirements, already only supports 64-bit Windows.
The same blog post also announced the launch of Valve. sale Tickets for the 2021 Dota 2 International Championship, which will take place on September 22 at noon ET. The championship will start on October 7 in Bucharest, Romania. Valve requires everyone present to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and wear masks. The company is associated with FAQ with more detailed information.