Riot Games, Inc. is suing MOONTON for copyright infringement, arguing that Mobile Legends Bang Bang (MLBB) is a blatant copy of their Wild Rift title.
Interestingly enough, this is not the first time that Riot is suing MOONTON Games. In 2018, the company behind the super popular League of Legends game has sued Moonton Technology for copying elements of its title and implementing them onto their own product: Mobile Legends.
Back in 2018, the Tencent-owned company, Riot Games, has won the lawsuit and was awarded $2.9 million, this however was only after the trial was moved from California (where the trial was dismissed initially) to China.
What we know about the new lawsuit against Moonton
The suit was filled by Riot Games Inc on Monday and yet again in California, at the US District Court. Riot Inc had this to say:
“Moonton’s strategy is blatant copying.” and that “Mobile Legends: Bang Bang” copies extensively from “League of Legends: Wild Rift”
In the complaint, we also find out that Mobile Legends Bang Bang was installed more than 500 million times from Google’s Play Store.
Previously Riot Games has told Google about the copyright infringement that is happening, and Moonton removed Mobile Legends from the store, only for the Shanghai-based company to release another title quickly after called Mobile Legends Bang Bang (known as MLBB) that also copies significantly from Riot’s games.
But there’s more, apparently, Moonton didn’t just copy design elements from Riot Games, but they have also got “inspired” from their promotional material as well, in the lawsuit, Riot has also mentioned this:
“When Riot updated the game’s promotionalmaterials, Moonton copied them. And when Riot released a new trailer, Moontoncopied it. This is a critical issue for Riot.”– According to documents from Riot’s case against Moonton
The case was filled by Riot Games, Inc. against Shanghai Moonton Technology Co., Ltd. and it was filed on May 09, 2022, again in California at the US Central District Court, with the case number: 2:22-cv-03107.