The legal kerfuffle over Valve's revived version of Defense of the Ancients ended today, with Blizzard surrendering commercial use of the "DOTA" trademark.
Blizzard released a short and somewhat cryptic press release that states they'll be allowed to use the name to refer to their version of the RTS on message boards, fan sites and the like, but the title will be officially called, "Blizzard All-Stars"henceforth.
... What's in a name?
Do I smell a Smash Bros. homage with unit management and resources thrown in for taste? From the official press release:
"Both Blizzard and Valve recognize that, at the end of the day, players just want to be able to play the games they're looking forward to, so we're happy to come to an agreement that helps both of us stay focused on that," said Rob Pardo, executive vice president of game design at Blizzard Entertainment. "As part of this agreement, we're going to be changing the name of Blizzard DOTA to Blizzard All-Stars, which ultimately better reflects the design of our game. We look forward to going into more detail on that at a later date."
Valve scooped up IceFrog, the dev that maintained the fan-made DOTA variant and maps since 2005 to bring DOTA 2 into the world. Since renewing the classic and much-loved RTS gametype, Valve's enjoyed tremendous support from the community.