Blizzard objects to Valve trademarking “DOTA”

Further to this morning's news that Blizzard is planning to bring Blizzard DOTA to retail, we've now been informed that the company is putting its foot down over Valve's impending "official sequel", DOTA 2.

The original Defense of the Ancients was a mod for Warcraft III, based on a map from StarCraft - and Blizzard is claiming that the name "has been used exclusively by Blizzard and its fan community, under license from Blizzard" for more than seven years.

Valve hired the creator of the original map and trademarked the name "Dota" before announcing the company's latest game in development - the Multi Online Battle Arena title DOTA 2.

While neither Blizzard nor Valve have a habit of discussing rumours, innuendo, speculation or lawsuits, we're chasing up more details on the case - if you're interested, have a browse through these relevant documents.


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