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  • Blog Post: Blizzard Opens Up Its Arcade And Editing Tools To Everyone For Free

    The latest StarCraft II update, patch version 2.1, opens up Blizzard's modding and development community in a grandiose way. According to Blizzard, "Patch 2.1 will help open up the StarCraft II community to a broader set of players, offering a plethora of playable Arcade games the community... More
  • Blog Post: Blizzard Renames Its All Stars MOBA To Heroes Of The Storm

    It began its life as Blizzard Dota, but after a tiff with Valve , the company opted to rename its in-progress multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) title. It seems that the Blizzard All-Stars name isn't sticking around, though. You can now call it Heroes of the Storm. We reported on the Heroes of... More
  • Blog Post: Dota 2 Tournament Prize Nears $3 Million Thanks To Gamers

    Dota 2 isn't known for its simplicity , so it's fitting that a tournament for the game would be equally complicated. Here's what's going on. The International, an upcoming Dota 2 tournament, had an initial prize pool of $1.6 million. Those who are interested in setting up fantasy teams... More
  • Blog Post: EA Wades Into MOBA Pool With Dawngate

    EA's always been a company that seems to follow the crowd, and now it's set its sights on the popular MOBA genre. MOBAs (Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas), which have their roots in a Warcraft III mod called Defense of the Ancients (DotA), have become one of the most profitable genres in recent... More
  • Blog Post: 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... More
  • Blog Post: Valve Announces International Dota 2 Championships 2012

    Valve's second Dota 2 tournament is moving from Cologne, Germany to PAX Prime in Seattle. The first tourney featured 16 top Dota teams competing for a grand prize of $1 million, which team Na'vi took home (seen above). No word yet on whether a similar amount will be offered this year during the... More
  • Blog Post: Blizzard Opposing Valve's Dota Trademark

    Blizzard Entertainment has filed a formal opposition to Valve's application for a trademark of the name Dota, stating that it seeks to usurp the consumer goodwill generated by seven years of use in relation to Blizzard products, specifically Warcraft III and the Dota mods that started everything... More
  • Blog Post: Dota 2 Coming Sooner Than Later

    IceFrog explained on the Dota 2 blog that the team decided that the original plan to keep Dota 2 in a small, closed beta for another year as they added new heroes "was dumb." Valve's new plan – quickly get Dota 2 reasonably bug-free and playable without caveats, then open up the beta... More
  • Blog Post: League Of Legends Season Two Prize Dwarfs Valve's $1 Million Dota 2 Tourney

    Riot Games announced this morning that the second season of competitive League of Legends play will feature the largest total prize chest in all of e-sports. The $5 million pool more than one-ups the million-dollar Dota 2 tourney happening at GamesCom this week, though to be fair you're comparing... More
  • Blog Post: Are These Leaked DotA 2 Screens?

    We played DotA 2 last year , but there hasn't been a whole lot to say about Valve's game since then. The publisher was set to show off the game next week in Germany, but it looks like a few images have surfaced ahead of Gamescom. We'll know for certain how legit these screens are next week... More
  • Blog Post: If You Were Better At Dota, You Could Win A Million Dollars

    Valve is not only showing off Dota 2 at Gamescom in Germany later this month. The company is also giving a million dollars to the winners of The International , a sixteen-team double elimination Dota 2 tournament taking place during the show. Valve is broadcasting the tournament for free in English,... More
  • Blog Post: Heroes Of Newerth Goes Free-To-Play

    S2 Games is taking its DotA-alike in the direction they all seem to be going these days: free-to-play, with a strong base game available to anyone and additional heroes for purchase. To its credit, S2 is doing right by the players who have previously paid for the game. All existing Heroes of Newerth... More
  • Blog Post: Dota 2 Has Possible Fall Release Date

    Valve has been working on Dota 2 for a while, but hasn't shown much to the public. When will gamers finally get a chance to play it? A voice actor on the project suggests the game will be coming out in a matter of months. On the Impetuous Windmills podcast, John Patrick Lowrie (who voices several... More
  • Blog Post: Dota 2 Official Website Launched

    Valve opened up the official website for its upcoming action/RTS title with a helpful Q&A about the game. You may want to reinforce your F5 key to take the abuse it's sure to suffer between now and Dota 2's 2011 launch. A few things we didn't cover in our exclusive reveal of the game... More
  • Blog Post: How Big Is DotA?

    Big enough to climb the charts in Scandinavia. This insane 2006 club jam by Swedish DJ Basshunter topped out at position 2 in Finland, 7 in Denmark and Norway, and 9 in Holland (presumably because the Dutch have a certain appreciation for madness). We have entered the future, my friends. Europeans have... More
  • Blog Post: Valve Close To Announcing Next Game?

    The studio behind Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, and Portal might be on the verge of adding another title to its stable. The company recently trademarked the acronym DOTA , giving yet another clue that it has a Defense of the Ancients game in the works. Valve hired DOTA originator IceFrog last year, and a now... More
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