Valve and Blizzard fight over DOTA name rights

Blizzard made a a game called Warcraft III. Out of the legions of fans, someone made a mod that was called DotA or ‘Defense of the Ancients’. Now DOTA has become a blockbuster and has seriously dominated the audience for Warcraft III. Now Valve, a prominent developer has decided to develop a DOTA 2 to cash in on this huge, passionate following.

Blizzard does not agree. And now Blizzard is fighting a legal battle with Valve over the whole thing. This is what Blizzard had to say.

…Valve Corporation (“Valve”) has never used the mark DOTA in connection with any product or service that currently is available to the public. 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 inits Warcraft III computer game and take for itself a name that has come to signify the product of years of time and energy expended by Blizzard and by fans of Warcraft III. Valve has no right to the registration it seeks. If such registration is issued, it not only will damage Blizzard, but also the legions of Blizzard fans that have worked for years
with Blizzard and its products, including by causing consumers to falsely believe that Valve’s products are affiliated, sponsored or endorsed by Blizzard and are related or connected to Warcraft III.

While Blizzards case appears stronger to me, the legions of fans waiting for DOTA 2 will/should be praying that this does not result in delays to the release date.

Article publié pour la première fois le 11/02/2012

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