Blizzard appeals Valve’s right to DOTA 2 trademark

Friday, 10 February 2012 06:37 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Blizzard has brought a case to the US Patent and Trademark Office’s Trial and Appeal Board challenging Valve’s right to trademark the word DOTA.

“Blizzard seeks to prevent registration by its competitor Valve Corporation of a trademark, DOTA, that for more than seven years has been used exclusively by Blizzard and its fan community, under license from Blizzard,” the Warcraft III developer said in its opposition (PDF).

“By virtue of that use, the DOTA mark has become firmly associated in the mind of consumers with Blizzard, including to signify a highly popular scenario or variant of one of Blizzard’s best-selling computer games, Warcraft III. Over the past seven years, the mark DOTA has been used exclusively in connection with Blizzard and its products, namely Warcraft III.”

Blizzard argued that Valve “has never used the mark DOTA in connection with any product or service that currently is available to the public” and that “by attempting to register the mark DOTA, Valve seeks to appropriate the more than seven years of goodwill that Blizzard has developed”, taking for itself “a name that has come to signify the product of years of time and energy expended by Blizzard and by fans of Warcraft III”.

“Valve has no right to the registration it seeks,” Blizzard’s legal team stated.

“If such registration is issued, it not only will damage Blizzard, but also the legions of Blizzard fans that have worked for years with Blizzard and its products, including by causing consumers to falsely believe that Valve’s products are affiliated, sponsored or endorsed by Blizzard and are related or connected to Warcraft III.”

DOTA stands for Defence of the Ancients, a Warcraft III map created by modders which developed into its own genre of eSport, spawning League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth, and other competitors – including Valve’s upcoming DOTA 2.

Thanks, Kotaku.


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  1. HauntaVirus

    Blizzard does have a strong argument, It’ll be intresting to see which way it goes.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. nimrod123

    but blizzard didn’t create it, i’m fairly sure that was icefrog, and icefrog works for valve. i suspects the rights were part of his contract

    it would be like blizzard claiming the rights to the use of the noun “Hero” in any game or map title because many custom maps for Warcraft 3 use it.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight


    Thats not how it works. You create a mod using the level editor with WC3 or any of Blizzard games it specifically says that they own the rights to every aspect of the mod. THis would be direct conflict with that and Blizzard has every right to pursue this case against Valve.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. blackdreamhunk

    the creater of dota works for vale and blizzard did not create it. They their chance.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Christopher Jack

    They didn’t create it nor did they patent it, next case!

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Phoenixblight

    Again if you read the TOS of Blizzard level editors and it specifically says that you do not own the rights to the game nor can you sell it without Blizzard’s agreement. If Icefrog wanted to call it something else that is fine but Valve trying to take claim to the name is in direct conflict with the TOS that the creators had willingly signed off when they pushed “I agree” with the original game.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Christopher Jack

    @6, Doesn’t state that Blizzard will automatically be granted exclusive rights to use the names of all of its modded content. It isn’t the same game, they aren’t selling a modified version of Warcraft 3, everything Valve is doing here is completely legal. If Blizzard wanted to secure the rights of the name of a popular mod based on their game, they should have copyrighted it. Valve owns the trademark now so they have every right to publish a game based on a mod with the same name. Blizzard owns the mod, not the name nor the genre.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. unacomn

    “Valve has no right to the registration it seeks,”
    Baby, copyright law is never having to say you’re sorry for registering someone else’s work and profiting on it until the end of time.
    *lights up a cigar and leans back in his chair

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    Blizzard since being in Activision and creating Starcraft II is full of shit.

    I hate Activision so much right now and i’m not very happy with Blizzard.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Froseidon

    Just to add in another interesting thing. Some of the developers of LoL (and possibly HoN – I can’t remember) should have some rights to the name DotA as well, seeing as it is them who helped create the first DotA. DotA Allstars was a version that was updated and modified by some of the people currently at Riot Games (Creators of LoL – for those who don’t know). It’s a tricky situation when you try and trademark something that has so many ties to others.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. wiozan

    Blizzard is right on this one, Valve have no right to the name Dota, IceFrog wasnt the first one to work on Dota, he cant claim it as his own. I think dota should belong to the community, thats why blizzard never attempted to copyright it, so everybody can use it as they want to. Valve being the jews their are try to copyright something they have no right to, and blizzard have to intervien.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. delarian

    @10 Riot already did a counter trademark somewhere in 2010 just to keep name DotA free

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Travia220

    Blizzard isn’t fighting the trademark for the community. They are planning their own F2P Dota game.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Hell-Raiser-85

    The history of DOTA by Machinima




    #14 3 years ago
  15. LOLshock94

    Hate valve so yeey to blizzard

    #15 3 years ago

    Lol, after years of ignored and unsupported for DOTA, now Blizz fights for something! Give up Blizz, focus your energy on your games!

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Talkar

    I’m with Blizz on this one, plus Icefrog didn’t create DOTA, he was like the 3rd or fourth guy to come along, after the previous ones didn’t want to work on it anymore.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Christopher Jack

    @11, That kind of blatant racism lead to the holocaust. Also, its not how business works, if you can trademark the name of a fruit, you can trademark anything.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Freek

    FYI, Blizzard is not going to register DOTA for itself, it’s arguing that Valve has no right to claim the trademarkt exclusvily for itself.
    If Blizzard wins that case it means the “word” can be used by everybody to decribe a game genre, but not as a commercial game name.
    They are not claiming DOTA for themselfs. But in order to make thier case they are stating the origins of DOTA in WC3, to illustrate that it isn’t Valve who came up with the term.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. wiozan

    @14 its a good series but there are a ton of factual errors in the videos that i know are false, so its hard to accept the rest as truth…

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Old MacDonald

    I think we can all agree that neither Blizzard nor Valve should be allowed to own the rights to the name. DotA wasn’t created by Blizzard, it wasn’t created by Icefrog and it wasn’t created by Valve.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Christopher Jack

    @21, Doesn’t matter who created it when it was a modified game, especially when it was a combined effort by a series of individuals.

    @15, Why on earth would you hate Valve? It’d be fair enough to dislike their games but they rejuvenated an entire section of the video game industry.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. LOLshock94

    @22 i love there games just hate valve in general and specially Gabe since hes a money grabbing whore that talks shit.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. TheWulf

    Yep. This is showing the nasty underbelly of Blizzard in all sorts of ways. This is why a number of modders I know now refuse to mod for the likes of Starcraft II, because Blizzard are restricting them and trying to claim ownership on everything they do more than ever before.

    The thing is is that Valve would never pull this shit, and I bet you that Epic wouldn’t, either. As much as Epic get on my nerves sometimes (which is mostly because Cliffy B is frequently obnoxious with his wannabe film star attitude), I don’t think even they’d pull this shit. But I bet you EA would, and that’s why Blizzard are doing this – they’re tied to Activision.

    A number of Blizzard’s best people left when they were bought out by Vivendi (and went on to form two great studios), a lot more left when they were bought out by Activision. It’s essentially a husk of the Blizzard that they used to be. The atmosphere has just become too increasingly corporate and the people leaving have frequently cited that they didn’t like what Blizzard was doing or becoming as the reason.

    I suspect that the same thing is happening with Bioware in some regards now that TOR is a thing. It seems to be the way of things. But thankfully the people who leave tend to form studios which go on to create even better things.

    I don’t agree with Blizzard’s right, though.

    Even legally I don’t think they have a leg to stand on. You don’t add your signature to actually give them copyrighted work by using their modding tools, and without a signed contract they don’t really have a leg to stand on. Therefore, the people whom actually created the mod (the people that Valve hired) thus retain the rights to the mod.

    Now, if Valve does this, it does great things for modders everywhere. If the foolish would stop and THINK for a moment, they’d realise that whilst Blizzard is definitely NOT fighting for the rights of a modding community – Valve IS. That’s right – whether it’s a byproduct or not it doesn’t matter, but Valve are fighting for the rights of a modder to retain the rights to the mod they made.

    Don’t think that Valve would do that?

    The Ball started off as a Source mod. Ended up as a game built upon UDK, Valve have a healthy relationship with that modder, their game was in the potato pack bundle. Clearly Valve care about their modders – even if those modders aren’t using Source any more.

    Want another example? Dear Esther was a mod, now it’s a full game being built upon the Source SDK. Valve aren’t trying to claim any rights upon it at all. They aren’t trying to say that Dear Esther belongs to them just because it was made with Source tools.

    Also notice how Valve haven’t sued the people behind QUBE despite it being aesthetically almost a straight Portal rip-off, and actually getting sales based upon Portal similarity? Yeah. Despite that Valve has been giving QUBE a lot of front page space on Steam.

    Valve always were and continue to be the champions of modders everywhere.

    The thing that will come of this is that it will set a precedent. Think about it. Valve are saying that the modders own the right to their own mods, and thus modders can retain trademarks on their own mods and do whatever they like with those trademarks. If Valve win this then they set a precedent. They set a standard for future cases.

    Why is this a good thing? If someone (probably Blizzard) decides to be dickish about owning mods in the future, there will be an existing case that someone even without the best lawyers in the world would be able to argue a case based upon. That there was an existing precedent that said that Blizzard doesn’t automatically own the work of modders.

    This is a good thing for modders everywhere.

    If you have any sense in your head, for the sake of modders everywhere, hope that Valve wins this.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. TheWulf

    @23 – You dislike Valve because they tend to prove that anyone who talks about how PC piracy is a problem is a complete imbecile. Annnnd… that would be you.

    Essentially: You mad, bro?

    #25 3 years ago
  26. TheWulf

    @19 – Incorrect. It came out a while back that Blizzard have their own DOTA game in the works. Blizzard are many things but innocent is never one of them.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. gotee

    @23, You’re the biggest troll on this website. I wish I could file an e-restraining order against you on behalf of the internet.

    Anyways, Blizzard has ulterior motives here. We know for a fact they have a Starcraft 2 Dota project underway and through investigation, people have found files indicating Diablo 3 would also have a Dota gamemode. Now there are even talks that they have a standalone Dota game in the works.

    Now if they want to fight to bring the term into free-use for everyone, hey, whatever — still don’t think that’ll happen, though. Blizzard had their chance (what, almost 7 or 8 years now?) to either work something out with the (multiple) developers of DotA or ask them if they want to be part of the team. They’re regretting never doing anything about it now and are trying to legally bully it back into their hands only.

    And I think it’s kind of a moot point with IceFrog not being able to carry DotA on since he wasn’t the only developer. He started in 2005 and has stuck with it ever since; he’s got as much say as Guinsoo and Eul (especially over Guinsoo, who drove DotA into the dirt balance wise — DotA wouldn’t be half as popular as it is if IceFrog hadn’t picked it up). Guinsoo and a few other Riot employees expressed interest in keeping the DotA name to the community, but IceFrog has more time sank into fueling DotA than any other single name I can think of therefore it should be up to him and it’s pretty clear what he’s chosen by shacking up with Valve.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. DrDamn

    “Even legally I don’t think they have a leg to stand on. You don’t add your signature to actually give them copyrighted work by using their modding tools, and without a signed contract they don’t really have a leg to stand on. Therefore, the people whom actually created the mod (the people that Valve hired) thus retain the rights to the mod.”

    Nah, you can have an online contract simply by clicking on “I agree” you don’t a signed contract.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. DSB

    I don’t like it when mommy and daddy fight :(((

    @3 That’s not what’s being argued at all if what it says in the post is accurate.

    That sort of license would be valid if DOTA 2 contained something from Warcraft 3. It doesn’t.

    Basically they’re argueing that because DOTA started out in Warcraft 3, it’s percieved as part of their business, to the point that it should be recognized legally as belonging to their business. They don’t seem to be claiming that it’s their trademark.

    That’s interesting, since they’re apparently trying to argue that (supposedly) wide perception should be converted into legal reality.

    Basically that everybody thinking it, should make it so.

    I hope they have good lawyers, it doesn’t sound like an easy thing to prove. Do people associate DOTA with Blizzard, or do they associate it with Icefrog? You can make a case for both, in either case you’re trying to argue what’s in the heads of thousands of fans, and what that is supposed to mean to the court.

    In my opinion – If you liked it, then you should’ve put a ring on it. Too late is too late.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. Freek

    Blizzard may have thier DOTA style game in the works but they are not claiming the word DOTA as a trademark for themselfs. If they had any desire to do that, they would have done so years ago. The genre has been popular for ages and Blizzard did nothing against that, they have no reason to.
    Untill Valve tried to claim DOTA for itself, they are contesting that claim, not claiming the exclusive trademark rights.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. LOLshock94

    @25 no im not bothered what gabe says about piracy but i do care when he talks shit about other companys, such as in 2006 he said sonys ps3 was the worst console and it was going to die, 4 years later he comes on sonys E3 and announces that portal 2 was made for ps3 and starts licking sonys ass.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. LOLshock94

    @27 best compliment you’ve ever said to me <3

    #32 3 years ago
  33. hurrdurr

    If Blizzard is that obsessed with that DotA trademark, I would love to see them patch up the filesize limit of WC3 maps, since the DotA map itself is reaching its limit. This is one of the reasons why DotA should be brought outside WC3.

    But sadly, I highly doubt Blizzard would do that.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. Ralinger

    think this way, Counter Strike was a mod not created by Valve. but valve owns the rights for this name.
    so what? If i was blizzard CEO i will not let Valve to trademark DotA name. it’s very clear. i have SC, Warcraft and diablo that each of have the potential to have their own DotA. so why should i let someone else trademark this name that my community created it?
    Blizzard it absolutely right in this.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. Christopher Jack

    @34, Using your logic, if I created a popular mod for any game, the name of that mod is automatically exclusive to the publisher of the game I modded. If someone had trademarked Counter Strike before Valve, they would have had full use of the name regardless of the source of inspiration, its just how business works. In a different dimension where logic & common sense matters more than the law, you could be right.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. tatsujin

    Valve is going to lose this one, legally. People, yes all of you readers who don’t agree, -READ BLIZZARD’S TOS- Terms of Service. It’s right in there. You can go to any lawyer and ask them how would this unfold.

    Valve is being arrogant at the moment. They need to just bow down, change the name and move forward.

    #36 3 years ago

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    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

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  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

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  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

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  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

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  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

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  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

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  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

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  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

    With Destiny patch 1.1.1 now available, here’s a video summary of what to expect. In the video above, Arekkz Gaming gives you a rundown of the important bits in the update. Subscribe to Arekkz Gaming for more Destiny tips and trick through the link.

  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]