Yes, Dota 2 runs on M1 Macs via Rosetta 2.
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:||M1 Support:||Rosetta 2|
Is Dota 2 worth it? The reviews
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:
Dota 2 Mac requirements
These are the game’s official Mac requirements:
|Processor:||Intel Dual Core|
|Memory:||4 GB RAM|
|Graphics:||NVIDIA 320M, Radeon HD 2400, Intel HD 3000 or better|
|Hard Drive:||15 GB|
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
Yes, Dota 2 runs on M1 Macs with Apple Silicon via Rosetta 2.
Last Updated: Jan 30, 2021:
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:
- MacBook Air: MacOS Big Sur version 11.1
- Dota 2: Version 1.0.0 (according to the game’s main screen)
More M1 gaming? Visit our M1 Supported Games list for 100+ Mac games we have tested and confirmed as M1-compatible.
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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Dota 2 Mac download
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