Riot Games sues League of Legends robbery Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

Riot Games, manufacturers league of legendsonce again sues Shanghai-based mobile game developer, this time claiming a Chinese studio is stealing league of legends: Wild RiftiOS and Android adaptation of Riot’s globally popular MOBA which was launched in open beta in the spring of 2021.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California – the same place where Riot sued Shanghai Moonton Technology Co. 2018. In an earlier case, Riot sued Moonton for his game Mobile legends: 5v5 MOBAwhat Riot called a flat lift league of legends.

A federal judge declined to hear the case, ruling that China is a better jurisdiction to file a lawsuit. China-based Tencent Holdings, the parent company of Riot Games, then jumped in and won a $ 2.9 million lawsuit against Moonton and its CEO.

The latest complaint concerns a game called Mobile legends: Bang Bang, currently available in North America on Google Play and the Apple App Store, where it is ranked 67th in the strategy category. Riot’s appeal begins as if the court is already familiar with Moonton, saying the US company “seeks to prevent Moonton from continuing its deliberate and ongoing campaign to free use of Riot’s very valuable rights in mobile video games League of Legends: Wild Rift and related content. ”

Partner-finding screen with a marketing copy for a mobile game that is very reminiscent of League of Legends: Wild Rift

Marketing image for Mobile Legends Bang Bang from the North American Google Play Store.
Picture: Shanghai Moonton Technology Co. via Google Play

Riot’s lawsuit alleges that, after complaining to Google and Mobile legends was removed from the Google Play Store, Moonton was secretly launched Mobile legends: Bang Bang“Minimally trimmed version Mobile legends“, Reads the complaint. Since then, “Moonton has been updated MLBB copy extensive expressive elements from Wild Rift, continuing its cycle of conscious appropriation of Riot’s intellectual property. ”

The latest lawsuit is similar to a lawsuit filed by Riot in January against a Vietnamese developer, alleging that the studio apparently copied Team tacticsspinoff auto-battlera league of legends launched by Riot Games on mobile platforms in the spring of 2020.

Given that Riot is suing the offshore corporation, and given the outcome of its earlier lawsuit against Moonton, the company may have filed this lawsuit as a procedural step toward re-suing Moonton in China.

Nonetheless, Riot’s complaint is extensively documented by comparisons of marketing materials, character designs, and even community reactions claiming that Moonton is copying Riot’s work. Riot Games is seeking a jury trial, as well as a ban on Moonton’s distribution ban Mobile legends: Bang Bang In the United States.

A copy of Riot’s suit is embedded below.

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