Send News. Want a reply? Read this. More in the FAQ.   News Forum - All Forums - Mobile - PDA - RSS Headlines  RSS Headlines   Twitter  Twitter
User Settings
LAN Parties
Upcoming one-time events:
Germany 08/31
Chicago, IL USA, IL 10/19

Regularly scheduled events

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.

27. Re: DOTA Trademark Settled May 13, 2012, 13:10 The KillSmith
How exactly did Blizzard "stand up for gamers"?

Big corporations shouldn't get to decide the fate of someone else's creative works (even the name), especially when they toiled at it for years with no pay. The original DotA map and name was Eul's, and as I understand it he works at Valve. Also, the dev who continued the development for the longest and most recent period time was Icefrog, who also works at Valve. Blizzard's only claim was to the "Allstars LLC", which is not the same as an intellectual property nor a trademarked name of a product. That claim was all from a deal with Pendragon, who was really just the webmaster of the dota-allstars website, which declined in relevance once Icefrog's became the pillar.

I like the development portion of Blizzard, but I hate the lawyer/publishing part of Activision-Blizzard. In the end, this turned out exactly as it should have: with the rights in the creators' hands. Valve's dev support also worked out the best for the community, who wouldn't have gotten this superb sequel otherwise (since Blizzard originally turned down helping Icefrog). "Blizzard never tried to capitalize on it" is a twist on the real situation, which is that they turned down the chance to bring on the devs and give them the pay and staff they needed to work on their ideas and turn them into even better products for the community, despite what kind of monetization may or may not have been involved.

I'm proud of Blizzard for letting this go, and I'm proud of Valve for doing what they've always done: given really great community members the chance to create their dreams and the rest of us the chance to play in them. It's funny because a handful of the gaming community sees Valve's motives like a Publishers and assume they try to "steal" others' ideas and profit from them. Those who think that should go to the modders and indie devs who actually created those ideas and ask them what THEY think. You can actually find those perspectives in interviews all over the web, and you'll see a much different story.

This comment was edited on May 13, 2012, 13:25.
Previous Post Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
    Date Subject Author
  1. May 11, 16:32 Re: DOTA Trademark Settled Mr. Tact
  2. May 11, 16:53  Re: DOTA Trademark Settled Frijoles
  8. May 11, 17:39   Re: DOTA Trademark Settled The Pyro
  3. May 11, 16:54 Re: DOTA Trademark Settled jacobvandy
  6. May 11, 17:29  Re: DOTA Trademark Settled eunichron
  9. May 11, 18:02   Re: DOTA Trademark Settled jacobvandy
  10. May 11, 18:05    Re: DOTA Trademark Settled Flatline
  13. May 11, 18:35     Re: DOTA Trademark Settled Mashiki Amiketo
  20. May 11, 22:33    Valve paid Blizzard to go away. IMAPC
  21. May 11, 22:37     Re: Valve paid Blizzard to go away. Prez
  22. May 11, 22:48      Blizzard was not being an ass here. IMAPC
  24. May 11, 23:38       Re: Blizzard was not being an ass here. Prez
  26. May 12, 15:33       Re: Blizzard was not being an ass here. NKD
  15. May 11, 20:11   Re: DOTA Trademark Settled Paketep
  19. May 11, 21:28    Re: DOTA Trademark Settled eunichron
  23. May 11, 23:08    Re: DOTA Trademark Settled RollinThundr
  4. May 11, 17:08 Re: DOTA Trademark Settled theyarecomingforyou
  5. May 11, 17:19 Re: DOTA Trademark Settled Bhruic
  7. May 11, 17:37 Re: DOTA Trademark Settled loomy
  11. May 11, 18:19 Re: DOTA Trademark Settled jacobvandy
  12. May 11, 18:33  Re: DOTA Trademark Settled Tumbler
  14. May 11, 19:58 Re: DOTA Trademark Settled Cutter
  16. May 11, 20:26 Re: DOTA Trademark Settled Beelzebud
  17. May 11, 20:48 Re: DOTA Trademark Settled jacobvandy
  18. May 11, 21:25  Re: DOTA Trademark Settled Prez
  25. May 11, 23:57 Re: DOTA Trademark Settled RailWizard
>> 27. May 13, 13:10 Re: DOTA Trademark Settled The KillSmith


Blue's News logo