Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

Riot Games, makers of League of Legends, is once again suing a Shanghai-based điện thoại games developer, this time alleging the Chinese studio is ripping off League of Legends: Wild Rift, the iOS và Android adaptation of Riot’s globally popular MOBA that launched in open beta in the spring of 2021.

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The complaint was filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California — the same venue where Riot sued Shanghai Moonton technology Co. In 2018. In the earlier case, Riot sued Moonton over its trò chơi Mobile Legends: 5v5 MOBA, which Riot called a straight lift of League of Legends.

A federal judge declined lớn hear that case, ruling that trung quốc was a better jurisdiction lớn take the claim. China-based Tencent Holdings, the parent company of Riot Games, then stepped in & won a judgment, worth $2.9 million, against Moonton’s chief executive; Moonton itself was not found liable.

The latest complaint concerns a game called Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, currently available in North America in both the Google Play và Apple app Store, where it is ranked the No. 67 title in the Strategy category. Riot’s complaint begins as though the court is already familiar with Moonton, saying the U.S. Company “seeks to stop Moonton from continuing its deliberate & sustained campaign to không lấy phí ride on Riot’s highly valuable rights in the mobile đoạn clip game League of Legends: Wild Rift và related content.”

A marketing image for Mobile Legends Bang Bang from the North American Google Play store. Image: Shanghai Moonton giải pháp công nghệ Co. Via Google Play Riot’s lawsuit notes that, after it complained lớn Google & Mobile Legends was removed from the Google Play Store, Moonton surreptitiously launched Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, “a minimally tweaked version of Mobile Legends,” the complaint says. Since then, “Moonton has updated MLBB to copy extensive expressive elements from Wild Rift, continuing its cycle of knowing appropriation of Riot’s intellectual property.”

The latest kích hoạt resembles a lawsuit Riot brought back in January against a Vietnamese developer, alleging that studio blatantly copied Teamfight Tactics, the auto-battler spinoff of League of Legends that Riot Games launched on di động platforms in the spring of 2020.

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Given that Riot is suing an offshore corporation, và considering the outcome of its earlier suit against Moonton, the company may have filed this lawsuit as a procedural step toward suing Moonton again in China.

Nonetheless, Riot’s complaint is extensively documented with comparisons of kinh doanh materials, character designs, & even community reactions that allege Moonton is copying Riot’s work. Riot Games is seeking a jury trial as well as an injunction stopping Moonton from distributing Mobile Legends: Bang Bang in the United States.

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Correction (May 15): An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Moonton was a defendant in a case, in China, where Tencent won a judgment. The company’s chief executive was the only defendant ordered khổng lồ pay the judgment. This post has been corrected.