The Strength Representation Of Female Heroes In Dota2


  • Guguh Sujatmiko University Surabaya (UBAYA)
  • Intan Rizky Mutiaz Institut Teknologi Bandung
  • Hafiz Aziz Ahmad Institut Teknologi Bandung


DoTA2, a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) video games, is a power struggle game involving two teams using heroes as their avatars. DoTA2 shows limitation in the role of female heroes, but they are more widely used and have a high level of victory. This study is conducted to determine the portrayal of female heroes in DoTA2 to identifiy the visual elements that show power features. Mixed methods research through quesionaire, structure analysis and semiotics used to identify the content of visual features of female heroes. The result shows a strength female character displayed through skill and agility that serves to survive and win the game rather than showed physical strength attributes.The study provides references for further research in character design improvements as well as a visual recommendations in female design characters in video games.   

Keywords: online game, visual design, character design, visualization, representation.