DOJO Madness, the Berlin-based company that helps players try to master video games, is expanding to Dota 2. Its analytics service Shadow.gg will now be available for the popular MOBA title and aim to help players get more out of the game.
The tools and content for mastering the game
DOJO Madness first launched its analytics service last year in the CS:GO scene. By providing fast-generating and easily accessible in-game data and statistics, players are able to analyze different games and apply the results to their own gameplay.
The decision to expand into the Dota 2 scene started with an extensive beta period. Three professional teams used the tool during this year’s The International. Helping identify patterns using aggregated data, precise replay parsing, and intuitive interfaces, users can better tailor their playstyle and strategies.
Ben “Noxville” Steenhuisen, the product lead for Shadow Dota 2, commented on the expansion:
“We aim to provide the cutting-edge tools professional gamers need to outpace their opponents. Every professional match featuring every kill, smoke, bit of movement, draft decision; every action teams care about is captured, processed, and stored on Shadow. Shadow Dota 2 delivers the ultimate data unlock in gaming.”
By running the service during The International, the product’s development team could better assess Shadow’s usability and applicability. The experience from the CS:GO scene also showed the potential benefits of professional teams applying Shadow.
“Hopefully what that will allow the analysts to do is tell better stories,” said DOJO Madness Counter-Strike General Manager Chris Schetter in a recent Slingshot interview.
“The analysis they’re providing is far more clear. As time goes on, and we figure out what the production wants out of compiled statistics or things like that, or tracking particular metrics over the course of an ELEAGUE season. Those are things we’re still discussing and exploring, and it’s just best to kind of figure those things out as they start to produce some matches with the tool.”
Dota 2’s open access to data is paying off
In an interview with The Esports Observer, Steenhuisen explained how Dota 2’s open access to data is helping the company create a better product:
“Right now, LoL suffers from the same problem as traditional sports. Consider a football coach who wants to track a new metric about average distance between two key players. They’d have to get assistant coaches to scour through thousands of hours of footage in attempt to reconstruct the statistics they need. In Dota 2, the entire unabridged game is available. It’s clear that Valve’s approach to making open access to data is paying off.”
With more teams appearing on the competitive scene every passing week and month, analysis of opponents is crucial. Having a huge database of quality data helps players properly research the strengths and weaknesses of their opponents and themselves.
By using the service, players and teams can simplify complex analytics to identify in-game patterns. Having access to real-time data enables users to gain further insight, expose trends, and create strategic advantages.
The Dota 2 community already discovered the benefits of the service.
“With Shadow, I spend significantly less time gathering statistics and can instead turn my focus to successfully coaching my team,” said Vega Squadron Coach Muriëlle “Kips” Huisman. “Improving the team is a full-time job, and thanks to Shadow I can easily brief my guys on what’s coming at them when we’re playing officials.”