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Dota 2 After All: Valve settles Dota trademark dispute with Blizzard

Half-Life 3 won’t be at E3 in June but it’s not like Valve is showing up empty handed. They’re bringing all kinds of goodies including Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2.

Exciting for fans of both those games, but peculiar for historians because Valve aren’t the people that made the original DotA, or Defense of the Ancients if you prefer. Current Valve employee IceFrog was one of the driving minds behind that game, but while he, Steve Feak, and other independent designers made DotA, they didn’t built its foundation, which is strategy game Warcraft III. Blizzard did. That’s part of the reason that Blizzard tried to block Valve’s copyrighting the Dota name, a legal move that some worried would keep Dota 2 from coming out this year.

Good news! Edge reported on Friday that Blizzard and Valve have settled their hash. The original Defense of the Ancients games will now be called Blizzard’s DotA and Blizzard’s DotA All-Stars (DotA All-Stars is the version created by Steve Feak.)

“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 Valve’s Gabe Newell, “We both want to focus on the things our fans care about, creating and shipping great games for our communities.”