Dota 2 on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors?

Dota 2 on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors? 5Yes, Dota 2 runs on M1 Macs via Rosetta 2.

The sequel to the infamous mod, Defense of the Ancients (DotA), Dota 2 pits two teams of five players against each other. Each team has to defend its own base while trying to destroy the enemy’s base.

in spite of being 7 years old, Dota 2 is stronger than ever. In fact, Dota 2 is currently the second most played game in the world, with over 630,000 concurrent players on any given day.

Dota 2 on Mac

Dota 2 has always been a top-notch Mac port. In fact, it was the first game to ever use the Vulkan API to support Metal.

Genre: MOBA 64-Bit Support: Dota 2 on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors? 6 M1 Support: Rosetta 2
Developer: Valve API: Metal M1 Performance: Good

Is Dota 2 worth it? The reviews

Dota 2 Mac gameplay 2

Similar to League of Legends, Dota 2 is often criticized for having a toxic community. And while that may be somewhat true, Dota 2 has several systems in place to encourage a good atmosphere.

But more importantly, Dota 2 is an excellent MOBA that gamers and reviewers can’t stop praising:

90 Metascore

100 OpenCritic

Dota 2 on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors? 7 84% Reviews

Dota 2 Mac requirements

These are the game’s official Mac requirements:

Minimum Requirements
OS: 10.9
Processor: Intel Dual Core
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA 320M, Radeon HD 2400, Intel HD 3000 or better
Hard Drive: 15 GB

Checkmark icon Requiring only Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics to run, Dota 2 is undeniably an easy game to run on Mac, including older models from 2013 onwards.

Dota 2 M1 Mac support

Dota 2 on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors? 8Yes, Dota 2 runs on M1 Macs with Apple Silicon via Rosetta 2.

Last Updated: Jan 30, 2021:

Dota 2 Mac M1 support

What is Rosetta 2? Rosetta 2 is a translation process that enables an M1 Mac with Apple silicon to use apps built for Intel-based Macs.

The game was tested on the following M1 Mac:

  • 13-inch MacBook Air (2020): Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU, 8 GB RAM

As you can see below, the game is still exclusively written for Intel-based Macs, but thanks to Rosetta 2, Dota 2 can nonetheless run great on M1 Macs:

Dota 2 Rosetta 2 support

Tested versions:

  • MacBook Air: MacOS Big Sur version 11.1
  • Dota 2: Version 1.0.0 (according to the game’s main screen)

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Dota 2 M1 Mac benchmarks

These are the Dota 2 M1 benchmarks we have gathered so far:

Benchmarks Medium Settings & 900p Max Settings & 900p Max Settings & 1280p
MacBook Air (M1, 2020)  74 FPS 59 FPS 45 FPS

As a reminder, this is how we describe the different levels of performance:

  • Below 20 FPS: Unplayable: Laggy gameplay, full of stutters and slowdowns.
  • 20-30 FPS: Borderline: Can be OK in slow-paced games. Still, not optimal.
  • 30-45 FPS: Playable: Acceptable for most (most gaming consoles do this).
  • 45-60 FPS: Smooth: Fluid gameplay, with no perceivable stutters.
  • 60+ FPS: Very Smooth: For hardcore and professional players, a luxury for most.

We usually aim for 30 FPS, because 30 FPS is enough to guarantee a smooth and fluid experience for most casual gamers.

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