But if that is the case, then MMOs were born not from Ultima Online, but rather they were born since the days of internet chat (AOL I am looking at you). But we all know that signing on to America Online's chat room was not an MMO. Sure we were all connected in a lobby and was able to speak to dozens to hundreds of people at once, but that doesn't make it an MMO. If anything games like HoTS an LoL are nothing but a glorified co-op/multiplayer game that allows you to complete with thousands and millions of different players. But that's not to knock the quality of these games, MOBAs are fun and MOBAs are competitive.
To tell you the truth, I am now fascinated with MOBAs, I like to play them and watch the tournaments. As I stated before, most of my time with MMOs are waning, while my time with MOBAs are increasing. I've spent about 80 hrs in HoTS Beta, working on my roster and playing in hero league. But even with that said, MOBAs are what they are, they're MOBAs, and not MMOs. They're different games, each belonging to a separate genre.