Following a tedious but mercifully short-lived disagreement over the use of the DotA name, Valve and Blizzard have come to an agreement. Valve retains full rights to using the title for commercial purposes, while Blizzard may only use the title for its community – whatever that means.
As a result, Blizzard has agreed to rename its forthcoming Blizzard DotA game to Blizzard All-Stars.
“Both Blizzard and Valve recognise 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,” commented Blizzard exec Rob Pardo.
“We’re pleased that we could come to an agreement with Blizzard without drawing things out in a way that would benefit no one,” added Valve boss Gabe Newell.
“We both want to focus on the things our fans care about, creating and shipping great games for our communities.”
Valve is currently working on Dota 2, after acquiring the rights to the DotA brand in 2009. Neither Blizzard nor Valve have announced a release date for their forthcoming DotA-style games.