Valve and Blizzard clash over ‘DOTA’ trademark

America’s highly factionalised games development industry has drawn further lines of division with two of its biggest studios disputing the proposed trademark of a common game term.

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AKissFromDaddy2973d ago (Edited 2973d ago )

Valve can do no wrong and its just a name, grow up Blizzard Devs.

PS. its not even a clash, it a comment written down word for word by one Blizzard Dev who is upset at Valve for Trademarking a "NAME", lol

mordakai82973d ago

If my memory serves me, DotA is a community made mod, and therefor Blizzard has no rights to it aside from the game it was modded from. Right?

AKissFromDaddy2973d ago

Right and Valve added some of the Modders to their army.

Baka-akaB2972d ago (Edited 2972d ago )

still even if within their rights , you gotta admit the iffiness of trademarking a (once upon a time) mod for mostly blizzard rts games .
Hell there are even already at least another dota fullgame out there .

Just imagine that the counterstrike team wasnt bought by valve , and activision got the rights for their cod game or a new one . it would be weird .

Hell if it was that kind of other way around , activision "stealing" a mod , people would be outraged and pissed .

Letros2972d ago (Edited 2972d ago )

A lot of mods get turned into retail games, however they are usually published on the same engine(but that is not possible for DOTA), I just think Blizzard waited too long to do this, I think IceFrog working on it has something to do with the DOTA name, maybe he wanted it used, not necessarily Valve.

evrfighter2972d ago

Blizzard has had plenty of time to try and pickup the DoTA name. Their own fault.

R0me2972d ago

Blizzard wanted to have DotA in future for free made by mod people.
Now Valve pays them and Blizzard has no more free DotA game.
Greedy Blizzard seems raging right now.

Good job Valve, these DotA developers deserve to get payed, they do awesome stuff.

Megaton2972d ago

Agree with evrfighter. Blizzard had years to trademark DoTA. No one to blame but themselves for Valve picking up the torch and running with it.

bakasora2972d ago

Since blizzard merge with activision. So I'd tell blizzard to f off.

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NeutralGamer2973d ago

Mark my words Activision is ruining the game scene..

I also foresee that Activision is ruining Blizzard...

Notice that Starcraft II's campaign have been released into 3 seperate games??

If you ask me that sound like Bobby Koticks vision... Why not just release it as a full AAA game?

Also note that Blizzard now wants a bite of the DOTA cake... If you ask me it sounds like Kotick speaking through Blizzard...

STK0262973d ago (Edited 2973d ago )

I'm pretty sure anyone who has played through the SC2 campaign can agree that even if it's just one third of it, it was still one of the best, most compelling and interesting campaign in a RTS in a long time, and wasn't as short as some people seem to believe. As a matter of fact, the SC2:WoL campaign is about as long as the one found in the original StarCraft and longer than the ones we see in most games today.

Now, I'm not saying Kotick is or is not ruining the game industry, but I don't think that he had much influence over the decision to release the game in three parts, and that even if he did, it did not in any way ruin the game itself. SC2:WoL is by itself a AAA game.

Also, since this is also about Valve, isn't releasing SC2 in 3 parts somewhat similar to Valve releasing HL2, then Episodes 1, 2 and (hopefully soon) 3?

On topic, as long as both DOTA2 and the Blizzard-made DOTA (or did I misread the article?) are solid games and both see a release, I couldn't care less about who owns the DOTA name.

cmrbe2972d ago

Yeah. SC2 is epic. My GOTY sofar.

GrilledCheeseBook2972d ago

seeing as the first expansion is coming out 2012, it doesn't anger me so much

plus the SC2 campaign lasted about 16 hours first play through-pretty good

erathaol2972d ago (Edited 2972d ago )

Its not like Blizzard is hurting for money with their WOW cash cow still bringing in the big bucks and Starcraft 2's long anticipated release with a $59.99 price tag.

SuperM2972d ago

Well why shouldnt they be upset? Technically valve could sue Blizzard for making Blizzard DOTA although DOTA was originally a Warcraft 3 mod. Id say that would be kind of unfair.

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mirroredderorrim2973d ago (Edited 2973d ago )

Epic battle. Clash of the Titans Kotick and Gabe. Fight on.

Bettin'on Gabe.

Megaton2972d ago

It really is good vs. evil. Valve does so much for gamers, where Activision takes so much from gamers.

plb2973d ago

My 2 fav PC Valve gimme episode 3 and Blizzard I'll take Diablo 3

kesvalk2972d ago

this is what happens when you are as slow as blizzard, man, they are too slow to make anything... the DotA game stayed there, giving them money for year, and only now, that they have 3 or 4 competitors they start to think about doing something? too slow...

how much time did between diablo 2 and 3? 7 years? even more...

they are making the same mistake with WoW, too slow to release new content, now they have a lot of other MMOs to compete with, and ppl started stooping playing wow because there is nothing really new, a couple of dungeons, some new mounts...

no new classes, no new factions, the same old gameplay...

and this is not even counting the newest fiasco called starcraft 1/3 -_-

and the game don't even add much to a 10 year old franchise...

F4sterTh4nFTL2972d ago

That way the PC Gamers win.

Kurylo3d2972d ago (Edited 2972d ago )

wow.. thats the stupidest thing ive ever heard lol... sorry.. You go ahead and drop 10 million dollars on a game... and then "share" lol... world doesnt work that way.

Valve wins this one... blizzard has no claims to this.. it was never their game.. was never their idea... was never their property.

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