Riot Games sues Chinese studio for allegedly making a mobile League of Legends rip-offs


Riot Games is one of the top-grossing video game studios in the world, thanks to its hugely popular MOBA game, League of Legends. Needless to say, a lot of studios on all possible platforms have been trying to replicate this success, and while some have obviously been inspired by the big games in the genre, such as Dota 2 and League of Legends, others have gone a bit further than that.

According to Riot Games, one of the development studios has gone far enough to actually infringe its copyrights. The creators of League of Legends have filed a lawsuit against Shanghai Moonton Technology pointing out three games by the Chinese studio – Magic Rush: Heroes, Mobile Legends: 5v5 MOBA, and Mobile Legends: Bang bang – saying that they have “a vast array of elements that were directly and deliberately appropriated from LoL, including but not limited to LoL's characters, artwork, map design, and unit and monster designs.”

The lawsuit also claims that Riot has given Shanghai Moonton a chance to correct this, the Chinese studio only made small changes, keeping the games mostly the same. Riot also notified Google Play about the copyright infringement, which lead to Moonton removing Mobile Legends: 5v5 MOBA from the store, just to upload it again later under a new name – Mobile Legends: Bang bang.

According to the lawsuit, Moonton has gone as far as using almost the same logo for its games, as that of League of Legends. In case you'd like to see all the examples for yourselves, make sure to follow the source link below.

source: Central District Court of California via SlingshotEsports

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7 Comments

1. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

About damn time, this game has lived way longer than expected.

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

On the other side, LoL have decreasing number of active players due to Dota2's popularity. Riot is now doing damage control which is tad too late.

2. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Kill it before it lay eggs.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

"including but not limited to LoL's characters, artwork, map design, and unit and monster designs" DotA can sue LoL for the exact same reason

7. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

That's actually not true at all. The games are quite different.

4. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

been addicted to Mobile Legend but now I stop playing because of those f**kn cheaters! and then I read this news. Uninstalled.

5. whatev

Posts: 2335; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Asians doing what they always do, don’t come for me because I have Chinese friends who also say and think that

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