League of Legends owner Riot Games has filed a lawsuit against a mobile game developer known as Shanghai Moonton Technology for copyright infringement of Riot Games' intellectual property.
The company in question that's being faced with the lawsuit is responsible for creating several games such as Magic Rush: Heroes, Mobile Legends: 5v5 MOBA, and Mobile Legends: Bang bang, all of which are games that are included in the lawsuit as examples of the company utilizing Riot's properties. According to the lawsuit that Riot issued, these three games have "a vast array of elements that were directly and deliberately appropriated from LoL, including but not limited to LoL's characters, artwork, map designs, and unit and monster designs."
This lawsuit isn't the first time that Riot Games has interacted with Shanghai Moonton though. Before Mobile Legends: Bang bang, Shanghai Moonton's game Mobile Legends: 5v5 MOBA was available for download via the Google Play store and was basically the same game that Mobile Legends: Bang bang is now. When Riot Games notified the store, Shanghai Moonton took the game down and later reinstated it within the Google Play store with a few tweaks to the gameplay and under the new name of Mobile Legends: Bang bang. The lawsuit that was filed contains examples of occasions within the game where characters and abilities were allegedly taken directly from League of Legends.
Imitating the success of League of Legends and other popular MOBAs is nothing new for different platforms and companies, mobile games included, but these games from Shanghai Moonton, specifically resemble League's content just a bit too closely. If you take a look at the game's page within the Google Play store, you can browse through a couple of screenshots that show several characters from the game that are quite similar to some of the champions of League of Legends. A trailer also shows some gameplay taking place in a map that very much resembles Summoner's Rift.
While the lawsuit is justified as it definitely appears accurate that the content was pulled from League of Legends, some users of both games have already expressed conflicted opinions about the legal action. Players have said that while it's fair, Mobile Legends: Bang bang has been reviewed as one of the smoother mobile MOBA options, one that might not be on the market for too much longer.
The full text of the lawsuit can be read here.
[via Slingshot Esports]