Rumor Confirmed as Valve Applies for DotA Trademark

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Earlier this week, we reported on the tweeted-then-deleted comment by John “Duke Nukem” St. John that Valve is working on a Stand Alone version of Defense of the Ancients. After tweeting that he’d been in Seattle recording voice work for DotA, the news spread like mono at summer camp. Soon after, the tweet was deleted, which led us to speculate either that he’d violated an NDA and hastily backtracked to protect his neck. We were remiss in that we ignored another possibility, namely that he “accidentally” tweeted the news to generate media buzz.

If so, Buzz accomplished, and now, via VE3D comes confirmation that JSJ wasn’t just making it all up, in the form of a Trademark application Valve filed last week. You can read the whole thing here, but here’s what you need to take away from this:

(words only): DOTA

Current Status: Newly filed application, not yet assigned to an examining attorney.

Date of Status: 2010-08-10

Filing Date: 2010-08-06

And also

LAST APPLICANT(S)/OWNER(S) OF RECORD

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1. Valve Corporation

Address:
Valve Corporation
10500 NE 8th St Ste 1000
Bellevue, WA 980044359
United States
Legal Entity Type: Corporation
State or Country of Incorporation: Washington
Phone Number: 509.241.1502
Fax Number: 509.232.2112

It’s true that the tm hasn’t been granted, yet, and yes, there’s still no official announcement. Also, DOTA might stand for Diamonds On The Atlantic, or Damned Ornery Trading Allies. Even so, this is about as unofficially official as it gets. We can’t wait to see what an officially licensed, Valve produced DOTA looks like. Then again, VE3D makes an important point: If they get a trademark, will they seek to quash all non-trademarked versions of the mod?

We’ll let you know about the upcoming game, and also if we can look forward to game-related internecene warfare, just as soon as we have more information.

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