Riot Games is suing the Shanghai-based developer Mobile Legends: Bang Bang for plagiarism Wild Riftthe mobile version of League of legends.
Since the launch of a mobile version of the popular MOBA in 2021, Riot has doubled the battle against copycat mobile games. On Monday, May 9, it filed a lawsuit against developer Moonton Games in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Riot used several splash tricks for masters and skins similar to them League and Wild Rift, as well as the assets and communications of marketing campaigns, to support its claims for litigation. It also included reactions in community hubs highlighting the similarities between the games.
This is the second time Riot is suing Moonton. In 2017, a case was dismissed by the Central District Court of California due to a question of jurisdiction. Tencent, Riot’s parent company, then sued the developer’s CEO for breaches of competition clauses in China and received $ 2.9 million as a settlement in 2018.
It could have ended there, but after the launch of Wild Rift in 2021, Moonton reportedly issued exclusivity contracts to provide benefits to organizations that agreed not to compete in Wild Rift and compete in MLBB instead.
MLBB launched in 2016 on Android and iOS. It is very reminiscent of League formula, but on the mobile platform. It has similar mechanics, a progression system and marketing campaigns around cosmetic items.
Since its launch, the mobile game has quickly achieved success and generated over $ 600 million in revenue. And despite Wild Rift released last year, it still counts over 80 million average monthly users, according to Active Player. In terms of e-sports, it was chosen as an official event at the Southeast Asian Games in 2019, and the most recent World Cup offered a prize pool of $ 800,000.