Blizzard and Valve have ended their dispute over the DOTA (Defense of the Ancients) trademark.
The original Defense of the Ancients (DotA) was a player-created mod for Blizzard’s Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. However, the creators of that game signed a deal with Valve to make a game called DOTA 2. The name DOTA 2 does not stand for “Defense of the Ancients 2,” or so Valve says. Meanwhile, Blizzard were themselves making a game called “Blizzard DOTA.” Activision Blizzard took Valve to court over the name, saying that they have the trademark to DotA and Defense of the Ancients and that consumers would get confused by the name DOTA 2. Never mind the fact that this whole legal issue was extremely confusing.
The settlement reached by both Valve and Activision Blizzard states that Valve will use the name DOTA (and, thus, DOTA 2) commercially, while Blizzard can still use DOTA non-commercially for fan-made mods. (What the heck? Now I’m really lost.) Also, Blizzard is changing the name of “Blizzard DOTA” to Blizzard All-Stars. Seriously.
-Nick’s take: This may be the most puzzling video game-related trial ever. Also, Blizzard All-Stars? Really? Maybe Sony will jump on the bandwagon and sue Blizzard over confusion with PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.