Thanks to the new format brought upon by the new Dota 2 Pro Circuit, we won’t be running out of any great tournaments anytime soon. But with the influx of tournaments, Valve has released a statementabout officially streaming the events.

Dota is after all the property of Valve so they want to lay down some ground rules about what streamers and studios can do in regards to broadcasting the game:

  • No tournament org can claim ownership over replays or live matches from in-game.
  • Valve is in support of content creators and studios as long as they aren’t putting commercial brands/sponsors on their respective layouts.
  • The organizers own the rights to the content: the casters, observer, branding, video footage of winners, etc.
  • The organizers however do not own the rights to the DotA matches themselves through the in-game client.
  • The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a copyright law in the US, cannot be invoked by organizers to take down unlicensed streams because Valve still owns the ultimate rights to the Dota matches and Valve has granted general rights for everyone interested.

Everyone Play Nice

Valve then ended the release by saying that, “Everyone should play nice.” The problem with that is different studios pop-up with the main goal of outperforming the other. Beyond the Summit will always do their own thing, MoonduckTV will do theirs. They aren’t going to suddenly band together to do one super tournament of love together. So Valve will be happy as long as everyone respects each other’s events. Permission must be granted by tournament organizers in order to stream their product.

So in the end, MoonduckTV will have their creative tournaments such as Elimination Mode and Midas Mode while BTS will always have their chill The Summits. While studios in the Philippines such as MineskiTV and WomboXCombo will still have their own respective tournaments. WomboXCombo exclusively cast their own tournaments at the Highgrounds Cafe in Tomas Morato while MineskiTV was the sole Filipino broadcaster of their own Manila Masters. The recent statement doesn’t really rock the apple cart but Valve just wanted to make everything clearer.

The Effect on Streamers

For the studios, everything mostly remains unchanged as the statement mostly affects the individual streamers who try to produce content when they watch the tournaments. GrandGrant recently casted some Minor qualifiers and actually had more viewers than BTS/Moonduck with a crazy 11,000 viewers. Fan-favorite Tobiwan also got more hits with his English cast in the Perfect World SEA Qualifiers than the official stream. While even the simple musings of former The International winner AdmiralBulldogwhile watching a tournament draws thousands of viewers. Simply put, Valve still owns everything Dota 2 and can shut down any stream that does not comply with their guidelines.

Why can’t they just put a disclaimer prior any stating broadcast grounds? BluRays, DVDs, and even movie screenings at theatre makes it pretty clear what they don’t want you to do. Why can’t it be that clear with esports? Valve really does not want to drop the hammer and take down the streams of personalities who are producing content for the game. But if it really has to come to that, Valve might not soften their blows. So everyone should really just play nice as Valve said because as long as they don’t become transparent about the little details it’s going to be hard to take any chances against Lord Gaben.