Blizzard’s Pardo Claims Valve Shouldn’t Trademark DotA
Blizzard Executive Vice President of Game Design Rob Pardo stated that Valve shouldn’t have trademarked the title Defense of the Ancients, and has no real claim to it.
“To us, that means that you’re really taking it away from the Blizzard and Warcraft III community and that just doesn’t seem the right thing to do,” Pardo said.
Valve’s trademark came with the announcement of Defense of the Ancients 2, a full title developed by the creator of the original Warcraft III mod, Abdul “Icefrog” Ismail.
“Certainly, DOTA came out of the Blizzard community… It just seems a really strange move to us that Valve would go off and try to exclusively trademark the term considering it’s something that’s been freely available to us and everyone in the Warcraft III community up to this point,” Pardo said. ”Valve is usually so pro mod community. It’s such a community company that it just seems like a really strange move to us… I really don’t understand why, to be honest.”
Blizzard is already releasing DotA maps for Starcraft II, which may lead to a conflict between the two companies. Should that happen, Pardo already has a response prepared for Valve.
“Our response is that they don’t own the term DotA at this point. It’s something that they’re filing for,” Pardo said.”Our contention is that it should continue to be available to Blizzard and to our community.”
At that point, politics would certainly be on Blizzard’s side. The people saying they want to give things away for free always tend to win discussions, and Valve doesn’t want to be seen as anti-community.