Blizzard Entertainment and Valve Software Come to an Agreement on DOTA Trademark

Blizzard Entertainment issued a brief statement this afternoon announcing that it had come to a mutual agreement concerning their competing DOTA games. Valve is developing DOTA 2, but under the terms of the agreement Blizzard will preserve its right to the noncommercial use of DOTA for its community relating to player-created maps for Warcraft III and StarCraft II.

"Both Blizzard and Valve recognize that, at the end of the day, players just want to be able to play the games they're looking forward to, so we're happy to come to an agreement that helps both of us stay focused on that," said Rob Pardo, executive vice president of game design at Blizzard Entertainment. "As part of this agreement, we're going to be changing the name of Blizzard DOTA to Blizzard All-Stars, which ultimately better reflects the design of our game. We look forward to going into more detail on that at a later date."

"We're pleased that we could come to an agreement with Blizzard without drawing things out in a way that would benefit no one," said Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve. "We both want to focus on the things our fans care about, creating and shipping great games for our communities."

Blizzard said that both companies will not disclose further terms of their arrangement.

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    Mr.Tastix says:

    IceFrog is the lead designer for Dota 2 and whilst he is one of the designers for DotA he is [i]not[/i] the original creator of the series. That title goes to Eul and perhaps even Steve "Guinsoo" Feak (for DotA-Allstars). IceFrog merely took over (and done a damn fine job of it).

    Either way, I don't believe the name was ever licensed to anyone in particular, even if it could have been.

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    MaskedPixelante says:

    It's my understanding that this IS  a DotA sequel. It's my understanding that it has playable characters from the original mod, and the original creator is on staff to help them.

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    Mr.Tastix says:

    Yes, more or less.

    I honestly don't believe the term "DOTA" or "Defence of the Ancients" should be able to be trademarked because, nowadays at least, it's less of a game title and more an all-encompassing word for DOTA-like games.

    DOTA is now more a genre than it is the name of a game, but because it's not necessarily seen that way it's still legally possible for Valve to trademark the term.

    What I don't like is Valve's title in general. "Dota 2" implies it's a sequel when I see it as being yet another off-shoot. League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth and even Demigod all play like the original DotA but they're not considered "sequels". Calling your game "Dota 2" doesn't either.

    I also find it misleading (which I believe is what the lawsuit was about to begin with) as some might confuse Dota 2 with a Blizzard-made game or even being made by the original designers when it's not, but that's mostly semantics, ultimately.

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    Mr.Tastix says:

    First thing I thought of was:

    "We have agreed to give them loads of money in exchange for them shutting the hell up."

    Purely in jest, of course.

    I actually like the name-change, personally. I don't think most gamers really care, either way.

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