Looks like Blizzard and Valve have finally worked out their dispute over the DOTA name, which the two companies have agreed to share.
For those who don't quite recall what all this is about, Blizzard initially went after Valve over their use of the DOTA name for Dota 2, which is based on a community-made MOBA game using the Warcraft III client. In their defense, Valve claimed that DOTA -- short for Defense of the Ancients -- belonged to the community and not Warcraft creator Blizzard.
Skip forward a few months, and the two PC gaming giants have decided to share the trademark. Blizzard will still hold rights to noncommercial use of the DOTA name for its community, while Valve has commercial rights, allowing them to continue ahead with Dota 2. The biggest change players might notice is that Blizzard's DOTA will be renamed Blizzard All-Stars.
Executive VP of game design Rob Pardo comments on the change:
"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."
Of course, Valve boss Gabe Newell also had his two cents to contribute. He's obviously rather pleased with the outcome:
"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."
And no, they will not be going into details regarding their agreement, so don't even think about asking.