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Dota 2 runs smoothly on the Steam Deck, according to GabeN

Two hands holding a Steam Deck that is playing Dota 2

Gabe “GabeN” Newell wants you to know that you can play Dota 2 on the Steam Deck with no compromise.

In an interview with IGN, the President of Valve assures fans that he’s been testing Dota 2 on his Steam Deck every patch.

“Well, I do immediately play Dota with each new version that I get,” shares GabeN. “So I’ve probably been a little more laser-focused on the ‘usability testing’.”

GabeN follows this up with a comment towards the game’s dual trackpad, which aims to replicate the usage of a precise mouse. If dreams do come true, then this means you can play Dota 2 in handheld mode on your Steam Deck, as opposed to playing it docked and on a monitor with a mouse and keyboard, as you normally would on a non-Steam Deck computer.

However, it’s still too early to celebrate this revalation. Players won’t be playing Dota 2 remotely anytime soon, as Valve continues to experience a very large backlog in order fulfillment. Pre-ordering a Steam Deck today would get you yours well beyond Q2 2022, and that’s a very long wait from now. Would OG still be champions by then? Will Team Secret still be a dominant team? Will the game even remain relevant by then? A lot can happen in two years, but you playing Dota 2 on the Steam Deck might not be one of them.