Trademark sleuth website Superannuation
reports that Valve has filed a trademark application
with the US Patent and Trademark office for "DotA
The abbreviated title refers to Defense of the Ancients
, a popular mod for Blizzard's strategy game Warcraft III
, which has continued to breathe new life into the title since its 2002 release. The trademark application covers "electronic game software", "computer game software", and "video game software".
UK gaming news website CVG
also caught a hint about the release from voice actor Jon St. John, who announced on his Twitter
that he had worked on Valve's DotA
. His tweet read, "Had a great time in Seattle last week recording for DotA
. The guys at Valve Software are awesome," and was up only briefly before being removed.
lead developer IceFrog joined Valve in late 2009
, saying in a Q&A on his site a few days before that his goal and top priority in the future was to "solve the surrounding issues that affected the DotA
experience in order to allow it to reach new heights".
IceFrog inherited the DotA
project in 2005 from creator Steve "Guinsoo" Feak, who went on to work for Riot Games on League of Legends: Clash of Fates
, which is in much the same vein as DotA
Defense of the Ancients
is a custom scenario for Warcraft III
based on the StarCraft
map "Aeon of Strife". It challenges the player to destroy the opponents' Ancients by making use of heavily guarded fortresses on opposite ends of the map. DotA
has been featured at many worldwide tournaments, including BlizzCon and the Asian World Cyber Games.