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Blizzard and Valve settle DOTA dispute

DOTA 2 will keep its name.

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Blizzard and Valve settle DOTA dispute

by on May 11, 2012

Blizzard and Valve have come to an agreement concerning the upcoming release of DOTA 2.  The two companies have come to a “mutual agreement” that allows Valve to title its game Defense of the Ancients, while Blizzard will title its DOTA style game “Blizzard All-stars”.

Defense of the Ancients started out as a fan-made mode for Warcraft 3.  Icefrog, the creator of the mod, has since been hired on by Valve to work on the DOTA 2 project. Valve’s Gabe Newell expressed his thoughts on the agreement: “We’re pleased that we could come to an agreement with Blizzard without drawing things out in a way that would benefit no one.”  Valve’s DOTA 2 is due out next year, and is currently in beta on Steam.

Blizzard All-Stars doesn’t have a release window as of yet, but Blizzard says “We look forward to going into more detail on that at a later date.”

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