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Artifact – Valve finally stops development on long-suffering reboot

I still remember the time when Artifact was announced at the Invitational event, which led to a chorus of “boos” around the arena. A card game based on Dota 2 was not fans wanted, nor did anyone asked for. When…

Dota Underlords – Valve files various trademarks for possible new game

According to various online sources and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Valve has recently filed trademarks for “DOTA UNDERLORDS”. Under the 3 different filings, it can be confirmed that “DOTA UNDERLORDS” is a video game with plans to…

Steam – Digital distribution platform officially signed for China

At an esports event held at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Pudong, Shanghai, Perfect World and Valve officially signed a contract in the presence of government officials to being the Steam platform to China. While details are scarce, it is said…

Artifact – Steam product page for competitive TCG based on DOTA 2 goes live

[Steam page] By now, many gamers would already have heard of Artifact, developer Valve’s latest project which is a competitive trading card game co-developed with Magic: The Gathering veteran designer Richard Garfield. Based on the characters and lore of Dota 2,…

Artifact – Competitive card game based on Dota has more details revealed

First teased back in August 2017, several media outlets were recently invited to developer Valve’s offices in Seattle recently to have a first look at Artifact. A competitive card game based on Dota, Artifact will feature 3 different lanes on the…

Counter-Strike Online 2 – Military online shooter terminated in 3 Asian countries

Nexon recently announced the closure of Counter-Strike Online 2 in South Korea, with the final update held on 22 February. New characters can no longer be created, with in-game purchases stopped too. All services will then be terminated on 26…

Valve – Dota 2 and Steam developer might sue Mobile Legends studio

[Source] Following the news about League of Legends developer Riot Games suing Shanghai Moontoon Technology, the developer of Mobile Legends, another potential lawsuit is coming the China studio’s way. According to reports, Vavle, the creator of Dota 2 and the Steam…

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – Competitive shooter arrives in China

While Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has been in the market for several years and is now one of the premium eSports titles, it was not only until recently that the competitive shooter game got approved in China. The Chinese publisher for…

Dota 2 – USD 18million prize pool for The International 2016 breaks record

With over 2 weeks to go before the flagship tournament for Dota 2, The International 2016, begins in Seattle’s Key Arena, the current prize pool has already broken last year’s record. Standing at over USD 18,661,259.00 at the point of writing,…

Dota 2 – Project leader changed after disastrous Shanghai Major event

Earlier this year, Valve and domestic publisher Perfect World held the Shanghai Major 2016 at a grand 31,000-seat stadium, thought the whole event was littered with humourous and frustrating human errors which can be further read here and here. Just a…

Legend of DOTA – Blizzard and Valve continue to pursue claims in China

First made public in May this year, Blizzard Entertainment and Valve launched a lawsuit against China developer Llith Games and publisher Longtu Games for copyright and trademark infringements in character designs found in the mobile game, Legend of DOTA. The heavyweight claimants…

DOTA 2 – Nexon is shutting down South Korean server next month

This came as a surprise to me, as Nexon Korea had done a great job with DOTA 2 since October 2013. There were tournaments and substantial cash prizes, but it seems Valve and Nexon have parted ways. Set to close on 10 December,…

Legend of DOTA – Controversial game taken down from China App Store

Following the impending court case between Valve, Blizzard, and defendant Longtu Game and Lilith Games, the mobile game known translated as “Legend of DOTA” was taken off the Apple App Store in China today. According to the game operators, they…

Valve – Details of Dota IP infringe case against China companies revealed

First announced back in May, the details of Valve suing a China developer was made public recently. Valve, citing Lilith Games and publisher Longtu Game infringing on its Dota IP in《刀塔传奇》, one of China’s hottest mobile games, is seeking nearly…