DOTA 2 has hit its lowest average player count since 2014 in December, reaching "only" 384,179 players.
The average player count also dipped below 400k players in October but beat last month by about 4,000 players. As low an amount as it is compared to February 2019's 709k players, DOTA 2 fans likely have nothing to worry about.
DOTA 2 Player Count
The lower average player count numbers registered by DOTA 2 aren't part of a consistent downward trend. In fact, player numbers have fluctuated overtime, as shown on website SteamCharts.
On top of that, DOTA 2 maintains itself as one of the top 3 most played games on Steam, in spite of the recent lower player count numbers. The other two titles are Valve's own Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and PUBG.
It's also hard to pinpoint any sole reason for the lower player count numbers. DOTA 2 received the Outlanders update at the end of November, which added two new playable heroes and brought about major gameplay changes.
December also saw the release of an Ogre Magi Arcana, alongside the annual Frostivus event.
Meanwhile, rival MOBA League of Legends maintained its position as one of the biggest games in 2019, generating revenue that ranked it fourth among free-to-play games.