It’s old wisdom that sharing can be the quickest and most effective solution to a dispute, but it took a heated legal battle for Blizzard Entertainment and Valve to figure this out for themselves. The two announced today that they’ve decided to share the hotly disputed trademark rights to the DOTA name.
According to the agreement, Valve will have commercial domain over the property, including for the upcoming direct sequel DOTA 2, and Blizzard will maintain non-commercial use in regards to player-created content for Warcraft III and Starcraft II. This means, though, that Blizzard will be required to change the name of their in-development MOBA, Blizzard DOTA.
“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,” said Blizzard executive vice president of game design Rob Pardo. “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,” affirmed Valve president Gabe Newell. “We both want to focus on the things our fans care about, creating and shipping great games for our communities.”
No word yet on what will happen with the rights outside of this, since according to the agreement nothing on the matter will be discussed beyond the current matter.