Blizzard and Valve Lock Horns Over DOTA Trademark


Two PC gaming giants are set to lock horns in what is being coined the DOTA battle.

A poster on NeoGaf has spotted an appeal notice which was put before the US Patent and Trademarks office late last year

Valves DOTA2 which is currently in Beta surprised fans of the MOBA genre when its name was announced. Instead of thinking up an original name like the guys that created League of Legends and Heroes of Newerth, Valve went balls to the wall and took the Warcraft 3 mod name and added a number to it.

Blizzard argue that “by attempting to register the mark DOTA, Valve seeks to appropriate the more than seven years of goodwill that Blizzard has developed in the mark DOTA and in its Warcraft III computer game”

The appeal explains that the original DOTA mod was originally “distributed, marketed, and promoted by Blizzard and its fans” and is “built upon the 1 Warcraft III game engine, interface, and gameplay mechanics; that is comprised of Warcraft III characters, items, spells, artwork, textures, and color palates; that can be played only using Warcraft III software and via Blizzard’s online service”

Blizzard of course have their very own DOTA game in the works which hopes to evolve the genre and is aptly named; Blizzard DOTA.

Both games are likely to be ready sometime in 2012 but the post on NeoGaf suggests that proceedings could be taken into 2013. No one knows who will win this round of DOTA but we sure hope neither game is delayed.

Source: PC Gamer

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