Riot Games Developers File for Defense of the Ancients Trademark

August 19, 2010 -

Last week it was revealed the Valve had filed an application to trademark "DotA," the acronym for the popular community-developed Warcraft III mod, Defense of the Ancients. This caused great concern within the DotA community over its future influence and input into the development of the mod. This week two Riot Games employees are trying to do something about it.

In an interview with PC Gamer, Riot Games' Steve "Guinsoo" Feak and Steve "Pendragon" Mescon revealed that they are exploring options to protect the DotA name. The duo have filed a "Defense of the Ancients" trademark application under Dota-Allstars, LLC - the company run by Mescon - to protect "the work that dozens of authors have invested to create the game and on behalf of the millions of DotA players all over the world."

Feak and Mescon, whose first game - League of Legends - is heavily influenced by Defence of the Ancients (DotA),worked on the most popular variation of the mod, DotA Allstars. The duo isn't out to spread hate about Valve - they actually have a lot of respect for the company:

"As someone who worked with DotA for years, seeing developers of Valve's calibre take an interest in this genre is always exciting," said Steve "Pendragon" Mescon. "However, the idea that one single company is taking control of the name of something that hundreds of people have contributed to is surprising."

"I believe DotA should always remain a community-owned product that modders, independent developers and game fans can continue to modify and play as often as they'd like," he added.

Mescon went on to say that he gives Valve the benefit of the doubt because of the company's history with the mod community, but says that his key concern is that, in taking ownership of the name, there is a real possibility that the community would no longer be able to contribute to DotA like they have for years.

Valve has not officially announced a DotA game, for the record. The company has hired Defence of the Ancients designer "IceFrog" and voice actor Jon St John (who made a public statement that he did some voice work on a DotA game).

The goal of this filing, according to Mescon, is to keep the development of the mod in the community with no strings attached. Hopefully Valve and the community can work something out that is beneficial to all - when they finally announce their game..

Source: PC Gamer by way of GI.biz


Comments

Re: Riot Games Developers File for Defense of the Ancients ...

Sounds like Valve probably will get beat on this one, since they don't have a priority date over Riot Games.

-- Dan Rosenthal

-- Dan Rosenthal

Re: Riot Games Developers File for Defense of the Ancients ...

I wonder what Eul (inventor of DotA and also inventor of the name Defense of the Ancients) has to say about all this...

criadordejogos.wordpress.com

--- Maurício Gomes twitter.com/agfgames

Re: Riot Games Developers File for Defense of the Ancients ...

doesn't surprise me tbh since Valve does like to buy up popular mods so they can franchise them.

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Poll

Best decade for video games?:

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
Andrew EisenConster - Sure, give me a few minutes.03/26/2015 - 3:05pm
Consterhttp://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/03/26/salesforce-ceo-says-company-is-cancelling-all-programs-in-indiana-over-lgbt-discrimination-fears/ http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/25/politics/mike-pence-religious-freedom-bill-gay-rights/index.html03/26/2015 - 2:55pm
ConsterApparently Salesforce and the NCAA are also upset over SB 101. I know they're not video-games related, but maybe add a line to the article?03/26/2015 - 2:54pm
Andrew EisenThat said, I doubt that if the movie gets made, it will be similar to either version of the show. But, Star Wars movies will be out again and the designs are still pretty awesome so it's got a chance.03/26/2015 - 2:34pm
Andrew EisenPeople my age and older with disposable income and a fondness for nostalgia.03/26/2015 - 2:32pm
Matthew Wilson@AE I am kinda surprised sony would want to make a movie of something that is 30 years old. I woulder how many people remember robotech?03/26/2015 - 2:24pm
Andrew EisenProbably not but my wish is that Hollywood make good anime movies.03/26/2015 - 2:20pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://variety.com/2015/film/news/robotech-movie-sony-tv-series-anime-1201460191/ am I the only one that wishes Hollywood would stay a million mile away from anime?03/26/2015 - 1:29pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/markcassidycbm/news/?a=117247 Because when I think "all new, all different", my mind jumps to a hero that's served on FOUR different Avengers teams.03/26/2015 - 11:31am
Matthew Wilsonnot shocked, lets see how gencon reacts.03/26/2015 - 11:01am
Andrew EisenAnd for those of you keeping track, Indiana's SB 101 was signed into law this morning by Gov. Pence.03/26/2015 - 10:58am
james_fudgeyeah!03/26/2015 - 9:17am
Ivresseand Command and Conquer, Wing Commander, Fallout03/26/2015 - 8:51am
james_fudgeand Quake, DOOM, Warcraft03/26/2015 - 8:07am
james_fudge90's, because X-Com, MOM, MOO, Ultima VII03/26/2015 - 8:06am
MechaTama3190s. SNES. 'Nuff said.03/26/2015 - 7:45am
james_fudgeIanC: er what?03/26/2015 - 6:20am
IvresseIanC - Context required please...03/26/2015 - 4:15am
ZippyDSMleeCare to take a look at this and tell me what you think about it? http://www.amazon.com/Frisby-FS-5010BT-Surround-Speakers-Bluetooth/dp/B00EYX1N2S/03/25/2015 - 11:06pm
ZippyDSMlee^^ This was before I tried to get into surround… at least the bass is good on the Z506….03/25/2015 - 11:06pm
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician