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Is there Room for Blizzard All-Stars?

Things like Dota 2 and League of Legends have taken the MOBA world by storm and Blizzard wants a piece of that pie with its title, Blizzard All-Stars.

Blizzard All-Stars was first revealed in 2010 and, ever since then, Blizzard has been silent about the title. But this week, Chris Sigaty, StarCraft 2 production director, told Eurogamer that Blizzard is “actively working” on the game.

A large part of the hold-up is that Blizzard plans to do something different with its business model with the game. In short, it won't be like Starcraft 2.

“We intend to do something different with the business model in Blizzard All-Stars, something more closely resembling the other types of games in that genre, the MOBA-style games that are out there today, and being able to sell smaller amounts of things to players, the things they want,” Sigaty says.

Taking a look at South Africa alone will reveal that the market is not only saturated but League of Legends and Dota 2 seem to be adequate for gamers at this point. A small look at the DGL entries will be able to prove that. The 2013 DGL season boasts 116 DotA 2 teams with 80 LoL teams looking to enter as well, both games in their first season in the DGL. Is there really room for another game that behaves in a similar way with all-too similar mechanics?

Blizzard intends to incorporate heroes from across the Blizzard universe into Blizzard All-Stars – heroes from WarCraft, StarCraft and Diablo. Originally it was called Blizzard DOTA before Valve won the lawsuit for the trademark “DOTA”. This left Blizzard with the painful task of renaming it to Blizzard All-Stars, a game which still has no release date but is its own stand-alone product.