Steve Mescon and Steve Feak, two of the mod’s original developers, who work at Riot Games, creator of “League of Legends”, a game heavily based off DotA’s gameplay style, have filed a trademark for “Defense of the Ancients”, under the name DotA-Allstars LLC, in an attempt to protect DotA, so that it can remain a “a community-owned product that modders, independent developers and game fans can continue to modify and play as often as they’d like”.
Personally, I hope Valve comes out on top. Last I heard, DotA wasn’t being updated anymore. They have IceFrog, who has been DotA’s current developer for many years now, who has DotA’s best interests at heart, and they will make an amazing product, whereas these “League of Legends” and “Heroes Of Newerth” games are commercial clones of DotA.
It’s even possible Valve’s DotA will be a free game.
Hopefully Valve straightens out this issue.