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Valve And Blizzard Reach Trademark Settlement On The Dota Situation [UPDATE]

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Valve And Blizzard Reach Trademark Settlement On The Dota Situation [UPDATE]

Last year, it was revealed that Blizzard had filed a notice of opposition against Valve with regards to the Dota trademarks. For a couple of months, the situation remained uncertain, but Blizzard have just announced that an agreement has been reached by both parties. According to this settlement, Valve will be allowed to use the Dota trademarks commercially, while Blizzard will maintain non-commercial use of the Dota trademarks. A win-win… mostly. Interestingly, as part of this agreement, Blizzard will change the name of their upcoming Action RTS game, from “Blizzard DOTA” to “Blizzard All-Stars“, a title which they say “ultimately better reflects the design of our game”.

Apparently, both Valve and Blizzard will have no further comment on the terms of the settlement beyond this press release, which is, ultimately, understandable. Good to hear that two awesome development studios (with a great focus on the PC community to boot) remain bros after all. After all, you know what they say: bros before… trademark disputes. Or at least I think that’s how it went.

[UPDATE: In their article on their subject, Joystiq intriguingly noted that Dota 2 is set to release… in 2013. Not sure if it’s legitimate or just a typo, but it is worth bringing up. Credit to Smash of ValveTime for the discovery.]

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  1. There are about 30 heroes missing from the beta, which means at least 30 more weeks of beta testing, if they don’t want to add any new features after those are done. It’s going to take a while, definitely not coming out this year.

  2. I’m glad they kissed and made up and came to an agreement, but if Dota 2 is getting released in 2013 I’m going to kill myself.

  3. +rep for you, VALVᴱ

  4. I’d forgotten about this. Best possible all outcome for all involved, I’d say.

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