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Heroes of the Storm is late to the MOBA party, but Blizzard isn't worried

Blizzard's upcoming MOBA, Heroes of the Storm, has a lengthy development history. Officially, development on the game began in 2010. The full story however, goes back to 2002, with the release of Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos and a mod called "Defense of the Ancients" (DOTA). If that acronym sounds...

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'Dota Dash' turns Valve's MOBA into Mario Kart-inspired racer

Ever find yourself playing a round of Dota 2 and think, "This is pretty alright, but what this game really needs is a kart racer spin-off"? Well lucky you, an enterprising player who goes by the handle "BMD" has created "Dota Dash," a mod that lets you experience what it would be like if Valve...

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Blizzard's MOBA now known as 'Heroes of the Storm'

Blizzard changed the name of its multiplayer online battle arena game, Blizzard All-Stars, to Heroes of the Storm. The publisher crafted a comical trailer to announce the (latest) name change. This is the second change in the game's title, as it was originally known as Blizzard DOTA prior to B...

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The International 3 begins, prize pool over $2.8 million

Valve's The International 3 championships for DOTA 2 kicked off this week with a prize pool worth $2.8 million, the biggest for a single event in eSports history, Gamespot reported on Saturday. The event began on August 2 with a 1v1 Solo Championship and a Wild Card match. The roster for the Sol...

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Guardians of Middle-earth brings MOBA to XBLA and PSN

Monolith Productions has one of the most varied histories in video game development. The studio first cut its teeth on first-person shooters, finding a cult hit in the popular No One Lives Forever series. Then, it was a vast experiment with The Matrix Online, before coming back to shooters with the...

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DOTA 2 is free to play, 'DOTA Store' open now and selling beta access

Valve confirmed tonight that DOTA 2, its upcoming MOBA and guaranteed Basshunter reminder, will be free to play. But don't worry, you'll still spend plenty of money on it, as Valve simultaneously announced an in-game DOTA Store, which will sell items created both by Valve staff and by users in the ...

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Blizzard and Valve settle DOTA argument, Blizzard DOTA is now Blizzard All-Stars

Blizzard has dropped a short-and-sweet press release (reprinted below) informing us that it has landed on a "mutual agreement" with Valve regarding the contested "DOTA" trademark. DOTA, of course, stands for "Defense of the Ancients," which is a fanmade map and mode for Blizzard's Warcraft 3, origi...

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Minecraft spawns yet another epic game within a game: DOTA

Sometimes a game launches and players say, "Wow, this game has everything. I couldn't ask for more." Other times they say, "Wow, this game has nothing. I'm going to make everything in this game, even other games. I couldn't ask for more." This is an example of the latter....

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Blizzard taking Valve to court over 'DOTA' trademark

Which giant company has the rights to the fan-created, community-promoted word "Dota?" That's up to the courts now. Blizzard has filed a Notice of Opposition with the US Patent and Trademark Office, seeking to block Valve's registration of the word. The word has been used exclusively in reference t...

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Riot Games' close calls with disaster

Riot Games CEO Brandon Beck gave the closing keynote at last week's IGDA Leadership Forum in Los Angeles, California, and during the talk (in which he made the point that "Riot's secret weapon all along" has been its employees), he gave a few interesting examples of how Riot's staff had really go...

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