Blizzard and Valve Settle Their Disagreement With DOTA Trademark
- May 11th, 2012
- By MogKnight
Mommy! Mommy! Big Blizzard and Big Valve are fighting!
DOTA, or Defense of the Ancients, started off as a custom map dating back into Blizzard territory. With DOTA2 now in the hands of Valve and Blizzard wanting to release their own version of DOTA titled Blizzard DOTA, trademark kind of gets in the way.
As an agreement, Blizzard and Valve has announced Valve will use the DOTA trademark for commercial purposes, while Blizzard will continue to use the DOTA name as noncommercial with regard to player-created maps in Warcraft III and Starcraft 2.
Also as part of the agreement, Blizzard will be renaming Blizzard DOTA to Blizzard All-Stars. Makes sense, considering that it does involve Blizzard’s casts (the All-Stars) and that a variant of DOTA in Warcraft III was called DOTA Allstars.
In the end, both companies just don’t want to drag out a trademark dispute. That’s a good thing, no one needs to get hurt.