Valve's Dota 2 card game Artifact is playable and esports pros will be first to test it—report

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Valve's upcoming Dota 2 digital card game, Artifact, is playable right now and the PC gaming giant is lining up esports teams including Virtus Pro to try out an early build, according to a report.

VP General Manager Roman Dvoryankin spilled the beans in an interview with Russian site (opens in new tab) (translation via Reddit (opens in new tab)), saying that the organisation is planning to put together an Artifact team and that the game is currently playable at Valve HQ. Several World esports Association members have played the game and are impressed, he added.

The game is due to come out some time in 2018, and we still know very little about it (everything we do now and can reasonably predict is summarised here (opens in new tab)). If Valve is talking to esports teams early on then it's clearly keen to set the game up for competitive play right from the very start, which should be a good thing, and might help reverse the...ahem...unenthusiastic response (opens in new tab) to the game's original announcement.

What would you like to see from Artifact?

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Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.