What's in a name? Quite a lot, as it turns out. A name alone was enough to send Blizzard
to man the lawyer cannons over two upcoming games, DOTA 2
from Valve and Blizzard DOTA
from Blizzard. The companies have reached an agreement
, however, which includes Blizzard renaming its game to Blizzard All-Stars
while retaining use of the "dota" name for noncommercial use in the fan community. Valve retains the commercial use of the name.
It sounds like a little matter until you remember that Warcraft III
was the source of the map that spawned this game type, leading to both companies developing competing versions of a sequel. Blizzard All-Stars
currently has no release date, while DOTA 2
is due out sometime next year and is currently in beta testing. Luckily, the terminology is only being changed on the corporate side
, meaning players are free to continue discussing the games as they would have anyway.