Riot Games filed a lawsuit against Mobile Legends Bang Bang developer Moonton – League of Legends Wild Rift and Mobile Legends Bang Bang are currently the top mobile MOBA games popular around the world. It is now the second time that Riot Games (developer of Wild Rift) has filed a lawsuit against Moonton (developer of Mobile Legends Bang Bang) for copying its game designs and themes. Here are all the details of the lawsuit.
Riot Games is owned by Tencent while Bytedance is the owner of Moonton. In the lawsuit, Riot claims that Moonton’s “Mobile Legends: Bang Bang” copies extensively from “League of Legends: Wild Rift.” This leads to infringing copyrights in several elements of the game and its promotional materials.
Riot Games filed a lawsuit against Mobile Legends Bang Bang developer Moonton
Riot had previously sued Moonton in the same court back in 2017. At that time, they had alleged that “Mobile Legends: Bang Bang” were copying characters and game materials from “League of Legends.” At that time, Riot Games had not yet released the mobile version called League of Legends: Wild Rift. The court dismissed the case later that year after finding it would be better heard in China. The Chinese courts ruled in favor of Riot and the company received a remuneration of $2.9 million USD from Moonton in 2018.
In the current lawsuit, Riot again accuses Moonton of copying “League of Legends” in mobile games since at least as early as 2015. It also points out the games’ similarities including their user interfaces and characters’ designs, skills, and accessories. Even the promotional events of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang looked almost similar to the ones released by Riot Games for PC League of Legends or Wild Rift.
The accusations this time are quite detailed as it points out a long list of “copying” done by Moonton. Previously, Riot had also sued a unit of Singapore-based Suga Pte Ltd in January for allegedly copying “League of Legends” with a different mobile game.
Stay tuned as we bring you more updates about this Riot Games lawsuit against Moonton.