While the Halloween was around the corner, we looked at the top titles of the eSports industry. Interestingly, all of them had some kind of Halloween event except for Dota 2.
For the past few years, Valve hasn’t released any special Halloween event for Dota 2. The last time we got such a memorable event was back in 2013 and it was named after the Roshan’s enchantment, The Diretide. During the two annual Diretide events, the rate of the peak players grew from 169k to almost 704k, which is almost four times more as compared to the first Diretide event.
We have seen times and times again that the Dota 2 community wants the Diretide event badly. So badly that they kept on spamming the official Volvo’s company Facebook page with the post “༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ GIFF DIRETIDE”. Not only this, but the community members also signed a petition to bring back the legendary event associated with Dota 2. However, Daniel Jennings, a Software Engineer at Valve clearly mentioned in 2016 that there will be no Diretide event. But why does anyone want the event that has been no longer the part of the game? Or most importantly, is the addition of Diretide event necessary when we have thousands of Arcade games? The answer depends on how you perceive the game itself.
For many players, Diretide is a symbol of Dota 2’s legendary events. Similar to other Halloween events in other games like Fortnite, PUBG, CSGO, and League of Legends, Diretide was meant to be Dota 2 ‘s iconic event. Basically, the purpose of the event was to give the community members free skins and items based on their performance in the event. Since Valve has limited members in their development team, it was not possible for them to create the same Diretide event effects on the map of Dota 2. Valve also apologized about the stance they took to terminate the future Diretide events.
Professional players reacting to the question
JoinDOTA interviewed different Dota 2 professional players about their views about the Diretide event. All of them had different opinions about the event. TI5 champion, Peter “ppd” Dager had the most unique opinion in which he told the interviewer that “I would love for Diretide to come back but I also know that it is not the highest priority for Valve. So it doesn’t mean anything to me. It’s just another custom game that I would play a couple of times and then go back to regular competitive ranked.”
In our opinion, special events are part of a particular game’s tradition. Even a gesture of small updates often becomes boring for the community and eventually they demand something different from the competitive games. Although Valve released custom games exclusive for The International Battle Pass owners, we still need a Halloween event that customizes up the game and most importantly, it is free for any player.