5 Years ago today we launched Dotabuff.com. It started with a very simple homepage that was driven by search. Compared to now the site seemed much simpler and was strictly focused on basic player statistics. Dota as a game was in a more of a speculative place, and quite a bit closer to Dota 1 in a lot of ways. Finally, at the 5 year mark we have been out of beta longer than Dota 2 itself.
We had our first git commit on July 18, 2012 and launched a little over a month later. Our small team set out to make the best statistics website for Dota 2, not knowing if we would be able to make it a full time job. It has been a long and difficult path with a lot of setbacks along the way, but one that has been entirely worth it.
Today Dotabuff is the largest community site for Dota 2 by basically every metric (as far as we can tell). We serve an extraordinary portion of the community, and 3 million Dota players visit Dotabuff every month. After all of these years we are still seeing record traffic months, and continuing seeing our community grow.
I have spent the past fews days trying to reflect on the journey it took to get here and a few interesting things along the way stand out. This is by no means comprehensive, and focuses on the older milestones I have more nostalgia for.
We wouldn’t have been able to do this and make it a job without the support of the community. I am incredibly grateful to everyone who has used our website over the years, recommended it to a friend and especially those who have supported us directly by purchasing Plus. Dotabuff would not exist in the state it is in today without the support of Plus. I am so proud of what we have been able to build together, and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone on our team who has worked on Dotabuff in any way. We make this site better together and the accomplishments belong to all of us.
Dotabuff has been the largest focus of my life over the past 5+ years. I am constantly challenged by the complexity of the game, the sheer amount of data available, and the challenges we face as a company. I couldn’t ask for a better job. Thank you for letting me have it. <3
Some fun statistics: