Never ones to let an opportunity for bazillions of dollars to pass them by, Valve has announced it’s working on an official standalone version of the uber-popular Dota Auto Chess custom game mode.

For the uninitiated, Dota Auto Chess uses Dota 2’s roster of heroes for 1v1 chess battles on an 8x8 chessboard. Each of the units fights automatically during a round and it becomes a process of strategising which heroes to bring into your army and when to deploy them. Take out all of the opposing team and you win. Simple. Only it’s Dota, so nothing’s ever quite as simple as it seems. This has opened up some top-level strategies which has seen the mode surge in popularity as a byproduct.

In a blog post, Valve has explained how many of its success stories are borne from playing something they love, created by the community, and then working together. It worked for the original Dota when Valve reached out to IceFrog, and it also worked for Counter-Strike, Team Fortress, Garry’s Mod, and Left 4 Dead, and they’re doing the exact same here with Dota Auto Chess.

Valve saw the ballooning success of Dota Auto Chess and sought to bring Drodo Studio, the Chinese team behind the game, over to the States to collaborate. This didn’t really work out and the pair have agreed to not work directly with one another. Both Valve and Drodo will be independently working on their versions of Dota Auto Chess and will “support each other to the fullest”.

Presumably, money was the sticking point here. Drodo is now working on its own mobile game based on Dota Auto Chess (minus the Dota IP), while Valve will be developing the official standalone version of the Dota game mode.

”We appreciate the great encouragements, support and help that Valve offered on Dota Auto Chess and Drodo’s standalone game,” wrote the Drodo team in a statement. “Valve has been a great company, who gave birth to the Steam Platform and open community like Workshop, enabling millions of players to display their talents.

“Being a fan of Dota2, we have great confidence in Valve’s new game, and expect the next world-class game. In the meantime, with Valve’s support, Drodo will continue updating the DAC mod, and attempt to design new modes and adaptations in our stand-alone game. We endeavor to offer more to you, all the fans that like Auto Chess. Thank you, it’s you that are making this possible. We look forward to growing together!”

Stay tuned then, as it looks as if Valve has at last discovered a way to spin off the immense success of Dota 2 in a manner which Artifact couldn't.