The lights are on
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.
Well I'm glad at least some type of agreement was released.
Well done, I am glad this is all done. Will this hopefully mean a wide full release of DOTA 2 someday soon?
That's one of the best agreements I've seen in a long time. No kidding.
If this had happened between EA and Ubisoft, we would have seen a real life Call of Duty. And after thousands of lost lives, they'd agree that orange can be both a color and fruit.
I wish I could play the beta
Yay for reasonable agreements to stupid issues!
It is nice to see some game companies acting like sirs!!! This is a great example for every game company to follow.
There was a trademark disagreement?
not a fan of blizzard but thats cool of valve and blizzard to do.
dota 2 is a piece of ***. I can't believe valve is wasting time developing such a turd.