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Post by Dan @ 09:07am 14/05/12 | 2 Comments
Blizzard and Valve have reached a mutual agreement on the use of the DOTA (Defense of the Ancients) trademark, resulting in the name of of the upcoming official StarCraft II mod Blizzard DOTA to Blizzard All-stars -- however, player-create maps of Blizzard products will still be able to use the DOTA moniker.

Valve's DOTA 2 title will remain unchanged.

“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 Blizzard exec VP Rob Pardo.

“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,”

Valve's Gabe Newell confirmed: “We’re pleased that we could come to an agreement with Blizzard without drawing things out in a way that would benefit no one”

“We both want to focus on the things our fans care about, creating and shipping great games for our communities.”

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Posted 10:35am 14/5/12
Semantics, but is the Blizzard title really a Starcraft II mod any more? The buzz suggests it's now a separate standalone title that will be F2P and likely will not require owning SC2 or any other Blizzard game, for that matter.
Posted 02:06pm 15/5/12
I called it from the start, Blizzard weren't just being pricks. To me, at least, it seems their genuine interest was making sure that Valve weren't going to claim all legal rights to the DotA name and stop map makers/modders of Blizzard games from ever using the name.
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