Dota dispute between Blizzard and Valve ended

14 May 2012  by   John Robertson
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The long-running dispute over Valve’s decision to trademark the Dota name has reached its conclusion, with Valve and Blizzard reaching an agreement on usage of the term. It was announced this weekend that Valve will be able to use the ‘Dota’ name for commericial purposes, while Blizzard will be able to use it for player-created maps in its various titles.
In addition, Blizzard will change the name of its own Dota project (formerly Blizzard Dota) to Blizzard All-Stars.
“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 Blizzard’s Rob Pardo in a statement.
His opinion was echoed in a Valve statement from Gabe Newell, which read: “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.”
No further details of this agreement have been released, and both parties have indicated that this is the last we’ll hear about it.

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