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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.

24. Re: Blizzard was not being an ass here. May 11, 2012, 23:38 Prez
IMAPC wrote on May 11, 2012, 22:48:
Prez wrote on May 11, 2012, 22:37:
Blizzard acted like complete asses, to be sure

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.

Come on, now, let's not be naive. I have come to love a few Blizzard games in my time but Blizzard acts in their own best interest now, no one else's. And yes, they acted like asses. Regardless of what their BS legaleze says in their user agreement, ethically they have zero right to the name as well. It belongs to the mod makers, period. Moral ownership trumps legal ownership every time in my book. Of course, I'm not a lawyer, nor do I give a good rats ass about copyright and IP law.

EDIT: And by what revisionist spindoctor version of the above statements is anyone coming to the conclusion that Blizzard came out on top here? Valve gets to name their game DOTA,they retain the rights to it commercially, and Blizzard is changing theirs to "Allstars". Did we read the same headline?

This comment was edited on May 11, 2012, 23:54.
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