Riot Games sues Moonton for “ripping off” League of Legends

Riot Games, developer of League of Legends, sued Shanghai Moonton Technology Co Ltd once again in Los Angeles federal court last Monday, this time alleging the Shanghai-based mobile games developer is exploiting League of Legends and Wild Rift.

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The case was filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, where Riot sued Shanghai Moonton Technology Co. in 2018. In the previous case, Riot sued Moonton over its game Mobile Legends: 5v5 MOBA, however, a federal judge declined to hear the case, stating that it would be better heard in China. Parent company of Riot Games, Tencent Holding, then stepped in and won a judgment worth $2.9 million against Moonton and its chief executive.


In the latest lawsuit of Riot against Moonton, they said that “"Mobile Legends: Bang Bang" copies extensively from "League of Legends: Wild Rift," infringing copyrights in several elements of the game and its promotional materials.”


The lawsuit also states that the U. S. company “seeks to stop Moonton from continuing its deliberate and sustained campaign to free ride on Riot’s highly valuable rights in the mobile video game League of Legends: Wild Rift and related content.”


Riot’s lawsuit also notes that after Mobile Legends was removed from Google Play Store, Moonton stealthily launched Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, “a minimally tweaked version of Mobile Legends.” Since then, “Moonton has updated MLBB to copy extensive expressive elements from Wild Rift, continuing its cycle of knowing appropriation of Riot’s intellectual property.”

Riot Games is seeking a jury trial as well as an injunction to stop Moonton from distributing Mobile Legends: Bang Bang in the United States. The case is Riot Games Inc v. Shanghai Moonton Technology Co Ltd, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, No. 2:22-cv-03107.


If Riot wins the lawsuit they can request US-based companies like Apple and Google to remove the distribution of Mobile Legends on their respective app stores.
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