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Valve, Blizzard Reach DOTA Trademark Agreement

Blizzard said today it has reached an agreement with Valve regarding the trademark issue with DOTA.

According to 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."

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

According to the press release, the companies do not plan to discuss the terms of the agreement beyond today's announcement.

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  • U JELLY?
  • Okay?

  • Stay classy, Valve! You too, Blizzard.
  • The best game development companies just keep getting better. Keep it up Blizzard and Valve.
  • Bethesda could learn a few things here.
  • Glad Valve and Blizzard made up. Now make Starcraft 3. Make it for one of the big name systems too. Starcraft on the N64 was amazing. Not as good as PC put still fun to sit back with your controller and play.
  • And once again Valve wins...
  • lawyered...... now how about half life 3?

  • So...there's still two new DOTA-related/inspired games coming out? Maybe I underestimate the fanbase, but it seems like that'll divide sales significantly
  • Blizzard All-Stars Battle Royale!

  • Will we see a Blizzard x Valve kind of thing in the future? :> would be neat no?
  • well thats cool....

  • Ya gotta wonder if Valve really will give birth to a glorious console one of these days. . .

  • Too many people suing nowadays. Glad this wasn't the case.

  • See? Why can't we do this more often? Way to set a good example guys.

  • That's cool, they seem to have settled peacefully.

  • Yay, glad Blizzard and Valve could work it out!

  • I'm honestly surprised in this. I figured Activision would want to drag this out for as long as they could attempting to get as much as they could......
  • wow very cool!!

  • This is good news for fans of DOTA. Congrats to Valve and Blizzard for actually acting like adults and settling this quickly. =)

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