Here we go again!
League of Legends is fighting for their rights again.
Developers of the MOBA [Multiplayer Online Battle Arena] League of Legends, Riot, have filed a lawsuit against the developer of the MOBA Mobile Legends, ByteDance’s Shanghai Moonton Technology Co. LTD, for copyright.
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This fight between League of Legends and Moonton is five years old when Riot first filed a lawsuit against the Mobile Legends in 2017.
In the Lawsuit, Riot Stated:
This action seeks to stop Moonton from continuing its deliberate and sustained campaign to ride Riot’s highly valuable rights in the mobile video game League of Legends: Wild Rift and related content. Moonton’s strategy is blatant copying.
Riot added more by saying:
Over the years, as Riot updated its video game, Moonton would copy it. When Riot updated the game’s promotional materials, Moonton would copy them. And when Riot released a new trailer, Moonton copied it. This is a critical issue for Riot.
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When Riot filed the lawsuit first time against Moonton, back in 2017, the case was dismissed by the California court by saying that the matter should be courted in China as Moonton is a Shanghai China-based company.
Then Tencent, Riot’s parent company, got involved and even won a $2.9 Million judgment against the CEO of Moonton.
Right after this Moonton removed the game from the play store but then after a week or two released the game again with the name Mobile Legends: Bang Bang with a few changes in the game.
Riot stated more:
Riot has used its copyist tactics to create and market its Mobile Video Game, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang [MLBB], which competes with Wild Rift using Riot’s own extensive, expressive content in the Wild Rift itself as well as its trailers, promotional materials, and other content.
Below are the few similarities listed between League of Legends and Mobile Legends pointed out by Riot:
Riot changed its logo in April 2019, and just after a year so did the Moonton. Even Monton’s old logo looks highly similar to the Riot’s old logo.
Many characters were also copied by Moonton,
For example, Riot’s original champion Ahri in both LoL and Wild Rift is quite similar to Moonton’s hero Guinevere’s Psion of Tomorrow skin. They both feature a blue and purple color scheme and purple crystal foxtails, even similar character abilities.
Zac, Riot’s original champion for LoL released in March 2013 similar to Moonton’s hero, Gloo. Again they both feature the same color scheme and the same attributes and abilities in the game.
Wild Raft’s Dark Cosmic Jhin and Moonton’s Yve’s “Astrowarden” Skin, both features the same black and purple color scheme.
Champion Garen in LoL and hero Alucard in Moonton features similar color scheme and highly similar-looking sword.
The original “Stargazer” staff design is identical to the staff in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.
Riot, from Moonton, is just seeking the financial damages, fees, cost it sustains, profit, and advantages obtained by Moonton.
I’ve listed just a few, there are even more.
Copying a thing two is bearable but this much?
In my opinion, I think it’s not ethically right.
What is your opinion on this?
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