While I was watching some of the games from the International DotA 2 Championship I decided to snoop around and discover who or what is behind DotA 2 in the first place. I found out that DotA 2 is being developed by Valve Corporation. Now this is very interesting to me because this is a company who has traditionally been one of the major rivals of Blizzard Entertainment, whose game Warcraft III TFT was the base for the widely adopted custom map DotA (one). This seems like an interesting shift in powers in the DotA universe.
What pleasantly surprised me is that, if my sources are correct, IceFrog – the developer of DotA (one) is the lead designer of DotA 2 as well. So you know the game development is going in the right direction. It remains to be seen whether DotA 2 will draw in all of the original DotA players.