Blizzard sues Valve over DotA name
“Valve has no right to the registration it seeks.”
Here’s the backlog of history before we dive into this story: Blizzard made Warcraft III. The ever-awesome mod community made a mod for it called Defense of the Ancients (or DotA). The mod became extremely popular, prompting Blizzard to pour in resources to develop and prompt the mod, as their own, for seven years. In 2010, the mod-loving Valve thought to develop a sequel for DotA and actively set forth in that direction, promoting it via tournaments, inviting professional players and what not. Blizzard didn’t quite like that.
The World of Warcraft makers has now decided to sue over the registration of the name, claiming that “Valve has no right” over it as “the DotA mark has become firmly associated in the mind of consumers with Blizzard.
This is their official statement:
“In contrast to Blizzard, Applicant Valve Corporation (“Valve”) has never used the mark DOTA in connection with any product or service that currently is available to the public. By attempting to register the mark DOTA, Valve seeks to appropriate the more than seven years of goodwill that Blizzard has developed in the mark DOTA and in its Warcraft III computer game and take 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. 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.”
The case file was submitted on November 16, 2011. You can read it here.