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Posts tagged “dota”

Do Valve own Dota? A jury may decide

Valve may make Dota 2 but who actually owns Dota? A jury trial may be called to decide who -- if anyone -- owns the copyright, Ars Technica report. Two mobile developers who are making Dota-y games and facing a legal attack from the combined forces of Valve and Blizzard have argued that the Dota copyright was abandoned so they're free to use it, their…

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Feature: The artist hopefully formerly known as MOBA

Battle Arenas: Defense of the Ancients, An Introduction

Battle Arenas is a series in which Cara looks at Multiplayer Online Battle Arena games, and tries to answer why they might have become so popular. She used to play DOTA. A lot. Like, from back in 2003 when it was first released (she is old). Now DOTA clones are everywhere! THEY MUST BE EXAMINED. But first: a little musing on the intricacies of DOTA,…

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Dues And DOTAs: Valve And Blizzard Reach Agreement

Well, that was close. When last we checked in on Blizzard and Valve's legal frontlines, the two were arming up for all-out war over the DOTA name. Blizzard was adamant that it owned the "Ancients" part of "Defense of the Ancients," and therefore, Valve had no right to trademark "DOTA" for use in DOTA 2. Happily, however, neither side will be drafting up a legal…

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Exactly What It Sounds Like: Minecraft DOTA

Well now, this is quite the thing. In its never-ending march to assimilate all the games, Minecraft has turned its gaping, block-toothed maw on DOTA. The resulting map (no mods required, amazingly) has it all: towers to defend, a colorful assortment of creep(er)s, and the single most overblown trailer soundtrack you'll ever hear. The mere act of its war drums caressing my ear drums transformed…

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Feature: Counter-Defense of the Ancients

Doh-ta: Blizzard Lawyers Up Vs Valve

I was thinking the Blizzard/Valve cold war over DOTA had gone tellingly quiet of late. Here's why - because it's gone to the courts. Valve are, of course, gearing up to release Dota 2 as a standalone game of their own, but DOTA - or Defense of the Ancients as it was originally known - sprang to life as a Warcraft III mod. Valve were…

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Red Versus Blue: Blizzard DOTA

Sometimes games brood, sitting in a corner and calculating their every internal component with a die that has unlimited sides. That can be agreeable, but it's much more agreeable when a new game approaches wearing a jester's hat and jigging merrily into view. Such is the case with Blizzard DOTA, the trailer for which has all the appearance of a wonderful parody. But this is…

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Serious Biz: DotA Team Bought For $6m

I note there was a lot of surprise that Valve would offer a $1m prize for their Dota 2 tournament at Gamescom: maybe this goes a little way to explaining why that sum is perhaps not so extraordinary (y'know, other than the fact that Valve live in houses made of platinum). Chinese DotA 1/StarCraft 2/Warcraft 3 team Catostrophic Cruel Memories, aka CCM, was earlier this…

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Ooh: Valve’s Mystery DotA Game Leakorised?

Valve hired IceFrog, a developer of Warcraft III mod Defence of the Ancients a while back, and since then there have been persistent rumours that they might be making the mod as a full game. This then seemed far more likely with the surprise announcement of Alien Swarm a couple of weeks back, having hired the mod team who made that too. And now a…

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Valve + DOTA = ???

Hot news from PC-land today, gentletypes. Seems the ever-controversy-free Valve Software have a new project up their sleeves, and one that probably isn't related to Deads or Teams or Halves. Probably. Turns out they've just hired the mysterious IceFrog, the chap who has been developing Defense of the Ancients Allstars for the last couple of years, the huge and influential (see: Demigod) Warcraft 3 mod.…

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League Of Legends: DOTA Goes Formal

The Warcraft 3 mod Defense of the Ancients is big. So big it inspired Demigod. So big that Basshunter made a song about it before he was conquering the UK charts with unintentionally comical Euro-house (which is one of the odder paths to musical fame of recent times). And now it's so big that the creators of DoTA Allstars - the most popular version of…

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