Blizzard and Valve Reach a Peaceful Settlement Over DOTA Trademark


The dispute over DOTA trademark between Blizzard and Valve has seen a peaceful settlement. Although, we don’t have the detailed terms of agreement but apparently, Valve will continue to use “DOTA” as a commercial product while Blizzard will keep on serving the non-commercial benefits to its community like with the player-created maps for Warcraft III and StarCraft II.

After the settlement, Rob Pedro, executive vice president of game design at Blizzard Entertainment said:

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.

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.

It’s good to see that big names in the gaming industry are finding peaceful ways to settle dispute, which is quite beneficial for both the producer and the consumer. Gabe Newell said following words on the matter:

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

Do you think that Valve has the right to Trademark the title DOTA while “DOTA” is widely known to refer to Blizzard’s products and services?

Source: Gameinformer

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    • Brian

      I’m not even sure how this could go to court… I mean I’m not a lawyer, but it seems to me that DOTA is not trademarked or copy written by Blizzard, it was made by a third party and as far as I know Blizzard never went to them and gave them funding or made them an official part of the Blizz team (also known as pulling a Valve). So how did Blizzard have any legal pull over whether or not Valve uses the name?

      Seems to me like Blizzard had a very thin plank to stand on with this one, arguing that DOTA existed as a mod in their game doesn’t seem very binding.