IceFrog, the developer behind recent versions of popular WarCraft III custom map DotA Allstars, told GameSync that the timing of dota-allstars.com founder Pendragon_‘s return and his break with the popular DotA community website was not mere coincidence.
On 13 May, dota-allstars.com posted a lengthy interview with Pendragon_, in which he talked about his recent return to dota-allstars.com as well as a game whose development he was involved in, League of Legends. The very next day, IceFrog broke the news that he was no longer affiliated with the dota-allstars.com on his personal blog.
Were the two events related? GameSync put the question to IceFrog through email and this was what the DotA Allstars developer had to say: “I’d rather not give any more details. The timing was no accident though.”
Although IceFrog did not reveal much else, it’s clear that a rift, either personal or professional in nature, has appeared between IceFrog and Pendragon_, perhaps over the future direction of dota-allstars.com.
IceFrog intends to continue DotA development, with the next 6.60 update already on the horizon, and plans to start a new DotA Allstars community website.
“I’ll release a mission statement about the new community site in the near future,” wrote IceFrog.