DOTA Trademark Spat Ends

After reaching an agreement, PC gaming titans Blizzard and Valve have agreed to end the dispute amicably. To the point: Blizzard will give up the official use of DOTA and have their upcoming MOBA-style game renamed to Blizzard All-Stars. Meanwhile, Valve, being able to keep the DOTA 2 name, will allow the Blizzard gaming community to use the DOTA term for user-created content and various other non-commercial means:

“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,” said Rob Pardo, executive vice president of game design at Blizzard Entertainment. “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.”

“We’re pleased that we could come to an agreement with Blizzard without drawing things out in a way that would benefit no one,” said Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve. “We both want to focus on the things our fans care about, creating and shipping great games for our communities.”

Good. No delays from a legal dispute. Not that it’ll help much given Valve and Blizzard’s history with game release scheduling.