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Blizzard on the DOTA Trademark

Speaking with Eurogamer, Blizzard's Rob Pardo has chimed in on the controversy over Valve's DOTA trademark and just-announced DOTA 2 project, saying trying to lock down what had been the title of a Warcraft III modification "doesn't seem the right thing to do." This comes after Blizzard showed off a custom DOTA-themed StarCraft II map at BlizzCon, as Pardo says: "Our response is that they don't own the term DOTA at this point. It's something that they're filing for." Of the TM filing, Blizzard feels "a little bit of confusion, to be honest. Certainly, DOTA came out of the Blizzard community... It just seems a really strange move to us that Valve would go off and try to exclusively trademark the term considering it's something that's been freely available to us and everyone in the Warcraft III community up to this point," says Pardo. "Valve is usually so pro mod community. It's such a community company that it just seems like a really strange move to us... I really don't understand why [they would do it], to be honest."

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33. Re: Blizzard on the DOTA Trademark Oct 25, 2010, 23:07 Warskull
 
heroin wrote on Oct 25, 2010, 14:40:
So, how do we know that Valve has not begun to employ the original creators of DOTA? If they have, then what is the big fuss about? Did Valve ever create the engine that the original Team Fortress came out of (Quake)? Hell no, they didn't. But, as far as I know they did hire a bunch of guys who created the mod and did a very good job bringing it into it's own.

I think Blizz just needs to STFU on this one (I love you guys but jesus, Mo Money the Mo problems you make up in your big convoluted heads).

The original creator of DotA is long gone. That would be Eul, Guinsoo stole an unprotected copy of the map and released his own version that happened to catch on (I don't believe he credited the original creator either.) Icefrog, who now work for Valve, took over and did a great deal to fix the balance and coding of the map.

Most WC3 maps have a history of changing hands (often without consent) and people taking credit for other people's work.
 
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