Multiplayer Online Battle Arena
An action-RPG sub-genre, very similar to two-way assault mode in FPS games.
Alternate names: Aeon of Strife-type game, Defense of the Ancients-type game
Name variations: DotA-like, AoS-like
The first video game about Multiplayer Online Battle Arena was released in 2003.
Parent groupsAction-RPG, Action-Strategy, Multiplayer
|A||1998 - Aeon of Strife (AOS) StarCraft custom map released|
|B||2003 - Defense of the Ancients (DOTA) WarCraft 3 custom map released|
|C||2005 - Dota AllStars appears in esports tournaments|
|D||2008 - Gamasutra article on Dota|