Riot Games Suing Chinese Developer for Allegedly Cloning League of Legends
League Of Legends developer Riot Games is suing the Chinese developer Shanghai Moonton Technology for cloning Riot’s widely popular IP. The studio has filed a lawsuit against the Chinese developer for “willful and bad faith infringement” of its intellectual property.
According to the filing, Riot first notified the Chinese developer in 2015 for their mobile title Magic Rush: Heroes which was remarkably similar to League of Legends. The game was taken down until it had been modified to not infringe on Riot’s IP.
However, Shanghai Moonton Technology did not stop there and was also developing another title, Mobile Legends: 5v5 MOBA, which Riot notes as another clone of LOL. The second game was also taken down but, the studio came up with another game which was also identical to LOL but with a different name: Mobile Legends: Bang bang.
Riot Games has filed to permanently stop the Chinese studio to cone their IP and is demanding all materials and accounting data related to the sales of each infringing products be given to Riot, as well as damages, legal fees and lost revenue.
However, this is not the first lawsuit filed by Riot Games this year as the studio filed a lawsuit earlier this year against a website for its involvement in selling stolen League of Legends accounts.