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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.

20. Valve paid Blizzard to go away. May 11, 2012, 22:33 IMAPC
jacobvandy wrote on May 11, 2012, 18:02:
Obviously their arguments failed.
No, they didn't. Actually the fact that Valve settled and isn't willing to disclose the terms of the settlement strongly suggests that Valve paid Blizzard to drop the lawsuit and rename its game.

Blizzard would never have backed down at this point and changed the name of its game without Valve paying it off. There simply was no need. The court had not ruled on the merits of the case, and Blizzard had plenty of time and resources to let the case proceed. Valve on the other hand did have an urgent need to make this go away as soon as possible. Valve wants to release DOTA 2, and it could not do that with this lawsuit hanging over the product because the court could have enjoined the game from being released until this matter was resolved.

As a result of the settlement the gaming community wins because it gets to keep using the DOTA name for its mod. That may not have happened if Valve had gotten exclusive use of the trademark.

Prez wrote on May 11, 2012, 21:25:
The whole thing was idiotic from the start.
It was idiotic for Valve to try to trademark a name which had been used freely in the gaming community for years. That is like Wal-Mart trying to trademark the happy face logo which it lost when it sued another company for using it. Valve would have likely lost the trademark to DOTA for the same reason.

This comment was edited on May 11, 2012, 22:43.
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