Blizzard might have to change Heroes of the Storm’s name yet again

Thursday, 24th October 2013 02:57 GMT By Ewan Miller

Only a week after Blizzard revealed Heroes of the Storm to be the new name of its contender to the MOBA throne (previously titled Blizzard DOTA and Blizzard All-Stars) a Finnish board game designer whose game “Myrskyn sankarit” translates to “Heroes of the Storm” has suggested Blizzard might have to change the game’s name one more time. More after the cut.

Now while the designer of the IndieGoGo funded pen and paper RPG, Mike Pohjola has filed a Finnish trademark for his game, Blizzard previously secured “Heroes of the Storm “in the United States and Europe in late September, while Pohjola’s application was launched in early October. Whether the July launch of Pohjola’s IndieGoGo campaign has any legal implications is beyond this journalist’s ability to research in a timely manner.

While it seems unlikely that Blizzard will have to change its MOBA’s name yet again, there is some precedent for European board games changing video game titles, such as Double Fine’s Iron Brigade, which was originally named Trenched until a WW1 board game designer asserted his trademark on the name.

Thanks, WoW Insider. Apologies if a “Heroes of the Swarm” snuck through to the final copy, I’ve been making that mistake all week.



  1. Sini

    Why did they change it from Blizzard All-Stars

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Erthazus

    Cause Blizzard All-Stars is crap.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. DSB

    Funny with the Swarm thing. I thought it was a little odd that they’d pick a name that would have the same abbreviation as Heart of the Swarm. I guess most people still just use SC2 though.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Erthazus

    ^ that too.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. lancevan

    Well I hope they change it again, not a fan at all of the current title.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. redwood

    hahah… well they could just rename it in Finland as “heroes of the storms”..which might be okay but is rather cheeky.

    #6 1 year ago

    I dont think “Heroes of the storm” is good name yet.
    It’s more look like ‘Heroes of the newerth”, obviously that’s a Moba game too.
    Their game should has a unique name like dota or league of legends.

    #7 1 year ago

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