You can add Blizzard
VP Rob Pardo to the list of folks who don't care for Valve
's attempt to trademark the use of the name DOTA
for Valve's upcoming game DOTA 2
. In a chat with Eurogamer at BlizzCon, Pardo stated, "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 [they would do it], to be honest."
Valve first filed a trademark for use of the name DOTA earlier this summer. In October, Valve announced that it would release DOTA 2
, a stand alone graphical remake of the original Defense of the Ancients
mod that was first made for Blizzard's RTS game Warcraft III
. Pardo stated, "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." Valve has yet to comment on the DOTA
trademark controversy. Blizzard, however, is still planning to release Blizzard DOTA
, an upcoming custom map for StarCraft II
. Pardo says that if Valve tries to contest the use of DOTA for the StarCrat II
map he states, "Our contention is that it should continue to be available to Blizzard and to our community."