Who is IceFrog?
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Mark Register explains it all:
IceFrog is a game designer, known for being the longest-serving and current developer of the Warcraft III custom map Defense of the Ancients. He is currently employed by Valve Corporation as the lead designer for Dota 2, the stand-alone sequel to the original scenario, a position for which he was hired in 2009.[1] IceFrog’s involvement with DotA began in 2005, when he inherited the reins of the dominant variant entitled DotA Allstars from Steve “Guinsoo” Feak.[2] IceFrog is noted for his continued anonymity, having never publicly disclosed his actual name.[3] He did however reveal that he was 25 years old on his blog on February 3, 2009.

Abdul Ismail IceFrog is the hidden genius behind the perfectly balanced chaotic masterpiece Dota 2
Forged in the depths of the Defense of the Ancients Allstars forum is where our hero’s journey begins
Steve Feak Guinsoo was leading the charge of developing DotA:Allstars in 2004 with a team of 12 developers using community feedback from the Allstar forum created by Steve Mescon Pendragon when Steve Feak decided to step back as the lead developer, recognized IceFrog’s great talent, and put him in charge of development in 2005
It’s at this time DotA Allstars and the forum lived its golden age under IceFrog’s reign and DotA Allstars became a finely tuned masterpiece and was adopted by esport tournaments all over the world
Larger studios started to take notice of this DotA movement that included over a million active players in a game that was an exclusive club with a high barrier of entry due to complex gameplay and no explanation of how things worked except through digging through their deep dark forums
DotA also had a looming inherent problem, it was built on Blizzard’s game engine and no one officially owned the game
Big studios like Valve, Riot, and S2 Games saw the opportunity to make their version of DotA on their source engine so they could cash in on this massive movement and turn it into a golden goose
These companies started poaching DotA Allstar figureheads like Eul, Steve Feak, Steve Mescon, and IceFrog
Most joined Riot, but IceFrog shopped around doing some work with S2 Gaming to help create Heroes of Newerth but didn’t find what he was looking for: full autonomy and control over the development of DotA Allstars on top of its own dedicated source engine to create the game that his legion of purist fans wanted desperately
He pitched himself to Riot but one they had $15MM worth of investors to answer to and that wasn’t the direction they wanted to go in, they only wanted to take the best parts of DotA and have a democratic team of people working on it
Valve on the other hand welcomed IceFrog with open arms and put him in complete control of development and gave him the staff and budget to build his dream machine which he did when they launched Dota 2 Beta in 2011 and officially in 2013
IceFrog continues to run as Dota 2’s well loved dictator fusing his DNA into the game’s balanced chaos that makes it so unique
Like Apple, Valve’s Dota 2 will live on after their leader leaves but will never be the same

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28 Comments

Chevelle405

January 28, 2020

Thankyou, appreciate the effort for the video,
Dont mind the haters too!
Apparently so the rumors i heard for years
That he's an arab were true then 😀

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tootsie|troll®

January 28, 2020

I apologize on behalf of the toxic Dota 2 community. You got bombarded with dislikes because "i dont like this guy". Also the guy telling you off for not "respecting privacy", idiocy is also common among the majorities of the community. This is very well presented and concise video. You gave a good insight in a little over 2 minutes. No unnecessary movie long intro, just straight to the point.

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Mohamed Maatougui

January 28, 2020

The greatest person to ever balance a video game

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Ainzu Gaming

January 28, 2020

Who is abdul ismail? Because hes obviously not icefrog.

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John alexander

January 28, 2020

eul is the best

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Do Not Run We Come In Peace

January 28, 2020

THIS GUY KNOW NOTHING…. pendragon posted LOL commercials and adds on dota forums and litteraly stole half of dota community ,then he removed site,and took hero suggestions from dota fans to create LOL heroes,icefrog was left behind,carrying game on his back… AND you are quite aged man,why cant u respect other people privacy and respect icefrog desicion to stay anonymous…

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Maksim0 Channel

January 28, 2020

MIGOS, give that guy some coke :D!!!!

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Lhawong Aprehs

January 28, 2020

Gaben Is Ice Frog, Look his froggy face and do a little reasearch and think a bit, You will be shocked and have different views, but I dont care about Ice Frog or Dota coz I think Dota 2 is not having the same fun as it used to be on Dota..!

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PGé

January 28, 2020

Could someone tell me, who came up with the original idea of Dota? Ice frog or Guinso?

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Rosemarie Sario

January 28, 2020

Icefrog is bruno

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Eee boi

January 28, 2020

"Balanced" eh

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Juminten Kuliah di Washington

January 28, 2020

Then who is gaben?

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Yan Msong

January 28, 2020

Don't forget 2 breath!! 2 u have asthma or something??

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Ashley Cooper

January 28, 2020

but who is icefrog tho!!?

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blankdash _

January 28, 2020

Abdul Ismail isn't proved to be ice 🐸.

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Abdul-Wahid da Costa

January 28, 2020

"Perfectly balanced" ROFLMAO! are you our of your mind?

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Batangrok

January 28, 2020

you forgot guinsoo, the former owner of dota allstar. he just passed it to icefrog

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Meme Central

January 28, 2020

Great script and vid :)straight to point and stuffs claps

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wolfdragonz 11

January 28, 2020

didnt icefrog is chinese?

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aQua Blizz

January 28, 2020

Wtf comment sucess subscribed awsome!

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Mez Mezzy

January 28, 2020

PERFECTLY BALANCED

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Assalam Alaikum

January 28, 2020

this guy have some problem. someone please check him

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gene rizze

January 28, 2020

gagagagahahaha

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joshua du plessis

January 28, 2020

i dont like this guy

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Faisal siddiqui

January 28, 2020

Whats with all the inahling/swallowing shit ? Are you being forced like marina joyce lol ?
Use the power of editing bruh

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Silverwind Aya

January 28, 2020

LUL

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Silverwind Aya

January 28, 2020

LUL

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Silverwind Aya

January 28, 2020

LUL

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