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DOTA Trademark Settled

Blizzard Entertainment and Valve announce a settlement of the lawsuit over Valve's trademark of DOTA:

Blizzard Entertainment and Valve today announced a mutual agreement regarding concerns over the names of upcoming products. In accordance with the agreement, Valve will continue to use DOTA commercially, including DOTA 2, while Blizzard will preserve noncommercial use of DOTA for its community with regard 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."

The companies do not plan to discuss the terms of the agreement beyond today's announcement.

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22. Blizzard was not being an ass here. May 11, 2012, 22:48 IMAPC
 
Prez wrote on May 11, 2012, 22:37:
Blizzard acted like complete asses, to be sure
Blizzard wasn't the ass in this situation. Someone had to legally oppose Valve's attempt at the trademark, and the gaming community certainly didn't have the money or the organization to launch and fund this lawsuit.

If Blizzard hadn't taken a stand here and stood up for gamers, no one would have. Sure Blizzard didn't file the lawsuit for purely altruistic reasons, but that doesn't mean that the company was being an ass or that gamers wouldn't benefit from its actions.
 
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