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Blizzard DOTA becomes Blizzard All-Stars amid copyright dispute with Valve

We just received word from Blizzard that an agreement has been reached in the high-profile copyright dispute between Blizzard and Valve, who both have upcoming games with the acronym "DOTA" in it.

The acronym stands for Defense of the Ancients, a mod that was created for Warcraft III and was based on a map called Aeon of Strife in the original StarCraft. Somewhat by chance, both Blizzard and Valve announced new games in the same genre which utilized the DOTA name.

Blizzard claimed ownership over the name because it was developed as a mod for one of their games. Valve claimed ownership because the creator of the mod now works for Valve on DOTA 2.

Though the terms of the agreement weren't made available, we're told Blizzard will be changing the name of their game to Blizzard All-Stars while Valve will retain the name DOTA 2.

"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."

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8 comments

  • Redeater - May 11, 2012 1:45 p.m.

    At least I can rely on Blizzard to release more than one game a decade....
  • Danomeon - May 11, 2012 1:59 p.m.

    I judge more based on the quality of games than the quantity. That said, I see Blizzard and Valve as equally awesome. Blizzard has given us some amazing games like Starcraft, World of Warcraft, and Diablo. But Valve has given us Half life, portal, team fortress, left 4 dead, etc. Actually, wait. Valve released Pprtal 2 last year, Left 4 dead 2 the year before that, and Left 4 dead the year before. That's a one-game-a-year streak for at least 3 years.
  • Pwnz0r3d - May 11, 2012 7:01 p.m.

    Half Life 2 was one of the greatest games in history. Same goes for Half Life 1. Quality destroys quantity. Assuming that's what you were talking about, seeing as how we've seen a new game from them each year for the past 5 years.
  • oddprophet - May 11, 2012 1:59 p.m.

    At least I can rely on Valve to release brilliant quality games at decent prices...
  • yasmarc - May 11, 2012 2:18 p.m.

    Will be interesting to see if Valve can produce something that isn't FPS perspective and go head to head with Blizzard.
  • ThundaGawd - May 11, 2012 2:44 p.m.

    Finally, good to see developers resolve this in a mature manner, rather than a couple of 12 year old girls experiencing their first period, like the Bethesda/Mojang debate abut the title "Scrolls". This is why Valve and Blizzard are easily amongst my favorite developers, they know what the players want, and they don't let something as childish as a god damn name get in the way of fulfilling those expectations :)
  • ncurry2 - May 11, 2012 4:34 p.m.

    Anyone else perfectly content with LoL and not really caring much about either of these (especially DOTA 2, I can't go back to DotA mechanics.)
  • minimaxi - May 11, 2012 10:06 p.m.

    HA! how I squirm seeing the headline, you see, when it was announced, I commented somewhere that Blizzard All Stars would be a better name. PROPHECY! of course it's not really a unique suggestion and I'm sure tens of thousands of people would come up with the same idea. But it's still way better than Blizzard DOTA.

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