Pardo: Valve trademarking DOTA “doesn’t seem the right thing to do”

Monday, 25th October 2010 14:37 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Valve’s attempts to trademark Defence of the Ancients – DOTA, for short – “doesn’t seem the right thing to do,” Blizzard boss Rob Pardo’s told Eurogamer.

Pardo, who’s been all over the news from Blizzcon this weekend, told the site it was confused by what Valve was doing following its announcement of a stand-alone sequel to the mod, which originated from Warcraft III.

The team behind the original is now working at Valve on development on DOTA 2.

“To us, that means that you’re really taking it away from the Blizzard and Warcraft III community, and that just doesn’t seem the right thing to do,” said Pardo.

“Certainly, DOTA came out of the Blizzard community… It just seems a really strange move to us that Valve would go off and try to exclusively trademark the term considering it’s something that’s been freely available to us and everyone in the Warcraft III community up to this point.

“Valve is usually so pro mod community. It’s such a community company that it just seems like a really strange move to us… I really don’t understand why [they would do it], to be honest.”

Blizzard showed off StarCraft DOTA, one of four new Blizzard-made StarCraft II mods, at Blizzcon over the weekend.

But when asked if this could raise an issue in the future, Pardo only said: “Our response is that they don’t own the term DOTA at this point. It’s something that they’re filing for.

“Our contention is that it should continue to be available to Blizzard and to our community.”

Just so you know, Valve boss Gabe Newell was snapped playing StarCraft DOTA in California at the weekend. Make of that as you will.



  1. back_up

    15$ a month is worse than that

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    Someone is so jealous or law suits incoming from Activision?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    From the headline quote alone, I would agree and simply say Episode 3.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. endgame

    aaah nvm.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. M2Kx

    *mimimi* STFU plz :)

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Tsotsi

    Hmmm…so Valve gave the creators a job and now want to patent their work.
    Can see why Blizz is upset having been using their work for years. Does anyone know if they paid these guys?
    Blizzard seem to get more like Activision every day, kinda like an old married couple looking more and more alike.
    The “f-in awesome” thing about WOW’s next expac is probably gonna be a $10 bump in the price.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Uncontested

    Its not the right thing to do for the creators to make money on their creations, because Blizzard was making money selling WCIII and SC because of this mod, lol. Grow the fuck up Blizzard you greedy pieces of shit, DOTA was never ‘yours’ and never will be, it was just a MOD on your game.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. SwiftRanger

    Being a mod for their game means they own it. It’s not just Blizzard complaining but some other folks of the original mod team as well.

    You can’t trademark ‘RTS’ or ‘FPS’ either for a title and expect to not getting ridiculed. What Valve is doing is silly, period.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. jeremycafe

    “Its not the right thing to do for the creators to make money on their creations”

    Valve did not create DOTA. DOTA was creating using Blizzard tools in a Blizzard game.

    “Grow the fuck up Blizzard you greedy pieces of shit, DOTA was never ‘yours’ and never will be, it was just a MOD on your game.”

    Somebody took one too many nerd-rage pills today? Blizzard is not the one trying to bank from DOTA, RIOT Games are the one in a s* storm over the move by Valve. Blizzard is releasing SC 2 DOTA for free.

    The reason people such as Rob are speaking out is because Valve is trying to limit the creation of DOTA spawns for their own gain, restricted others from creating what was originated as a mod — not a Valve product. They have no right to trademark the name.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Virginityrocks

    Sure they do. BECAUSE IT IS BEING MADE BY THE OWNER OF DOTA. He is hired by Valve to make a game completely lacking the restrictions brought upon by the Blizzard editors themselves. He now has free reign of his product and BU-BING, Valve games are 100% moddable. More so than Blizzard games. There is nothing going on here but a mere migration to a better brand.

    Either you’re in the 0.00001% minority that doesn’t like Valve’s work or you’re just a modder who doesn’t want to learn how to use the Source engine.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Phoenixblight


    Thats fine and all but they can’t use the name once you use their tools, its now Blizzard’s property its right there in the TOS.

    DOTA is a classic but is it worth the price that they want? Don’t think so since Blizzard will be coming out with their version for free.

    This group of mods are a one trick pony. Evolve or Die.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Virginityrocks

    Blizzard owns the rights to the original DOTA maps, NOT DOTA itself. They don’t own the rights to the gameplay mechanics. Facebook may own the rights to every photo you upload to Facebook, but that doesn’t mean they own the rights to your camera, or the lives of the people in the photo.

    Also, I’d like to see TOS hold up in court. It’s not a legal document. All it does it validate their potential decisions so that you can’t sue them if they decide to ban you from the network or if the program somehow destroys your computer.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Phoenixblight


    Now you are just exaggerating. Did they say they own the people? No. Pardo just said they don’t own the term. When creating your own game its best to use your own engine not someone else’s.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Jan

    Virginityrocks: no Icefrog is NOT the creater of the game, he was just 1 out of many, Valve stole it its so simple

    #14 4 years ago

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