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Moonton Again Sues By Riot Games Over Copyright Rumors? Games

The company that produces the League of Legends game, Riot Games, has again sued game developer from China, Moonton, for copyright infringement issues from the game Mobile Legends: Bang Bang against the game League of Legends: Wild Rift. Quoted from Polygon, the case was filed by Riot on Monday (May 9) in United States District Court. Located in the Central District of California.

Previously in 2022 Riot Games had done the same thing with Shanghai Moonton Technology Co. regarding the issue of plagiarism between League of Legends and Mobile Legends: 5v5 MOBA. At that time, Riot considered Mobile Legends to be a direct clone of League of Legends. Riot then won the lawsuit and received 2.9 million in damages.USD

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So why is Riot suing Moonton again in 2022? According to Riot’s lawsuit, Moonton engaged in a “deliberate and ongoing copycat campaign” and copied new aspects of “Wild Rift” when Riot updated its game. Riot stated that the similarities in the games from character design, character skills, accessories to part of the marketing promotions were considered to be a part of the bandwagon.

“This action was taken to stop Moonton from continuing its deliberate and ongoing campaign for a free ride on Riot’s invaluable rights in the mobile video game League of Legends: Wild Rift and related content.” Riot’s lawsuit. “This imitation must stop.” added Riot.

Riot’s lawsuit notes that after complaining to Google and Mobile Legends was removed from the Google Play Store, Moonton quietly launched Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, “a slightly modified version of Mobile Legends.” Since that, “Moonton has updated MLBB to copy the extensive expressive elements of Wild Rift, continuing its cycle of dispossessing Riot’s intellectual property.”

Riot’s complaints are clearly documented by comparisons of the similarity of character designs, marketing materials, and public reactions accusing Moonton of copying Riot’s work. Riot Games is seeking a court to stop the distribution of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang in the United States.

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