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Valve and Blizzard come to agreement

Post by Admin on Fri May 11, 2012 8:33 pm

Valve and Blizzard Settle DotA Dispute
Valve can keep using the Dota name, and Blizzard changes its DOTA game’s title.

After some DotA-related legal ugliness, it appears that Valve and Blizzard have reached an agreement. Valve will be able to move forward using DotA commercially, and Blizzard can employ DotA for non-commercial use.

That means Valve’s Dota 2, currently in closed beta testing and very popular on Steam, will continue to be called Dota 2, and Valve could presumably make Dota 3, 4, 5 and Half-Life: Dota -- Episode Fortress 4 Dead-Strike if it so wishes.

On Blizzard’s side, the in-development Blizzard DOTA will now be called Blizzard All-Stars, which according to Blizzard’s executive vice president Rob Pardo, “ultimately better reflects the design of our game. We look forward to going into more detail on that at a later date."

Valve co-founder Gabe Newell added, "We're pleased that we could come to an agreement with Blizzard without drawing things out in a way that would benefit no one.”

More specifics about the agreement were not available.

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