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Valve & Blizzard Settle Dispute Over DOTA
Filed under: BLIZZARD, VALVE, LAWSUITS, LAW, DOTA, DOTA 2
Despite a somewhat grim outlook for the legal dispute between Blizzard and Valve, it seems that both companies managed to settle the battle over the DOTA license. As you know, Valve is keen on pushing their project DOTA 2 to the end, whereas Blizzard owns the rights to the universe and characters that were used for the popular Warcraft 3 mod.

Now, they have reached a settlement.

Here's the full report:

Blizzard Entertainment and Valve today announced a mutual agreement regarding concerns over the names of upcoming products. In accordance with 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."

"We're pleased that we could come to an agreement with Blizzard without drawing things out in a way that would benefit no one," said Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve. "We both want to focus on the things our fans care about, creating and shipping great games for our communities."

The companies do not plan to discuss the terms of the agreement beyond today's announcement.



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MajFauxPas May 12 2012, 07:24 am EDT
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RenegadeCZ May 12 2012, 07:36 am EDT
So, will they have the same character names and looks as were in DOTA, or will they change these completely?
  Roland19: Do you mean Blizzard? Valve has already changed the v…
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