Moonton Wins Commercial Defamation Lawsuit Against Tencent for $31,000 USD


Moonton Wins Commercial Defamation Lawsuit Against Tencent for $31,000

John Dave Rossel
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Tencent lost a Commercial Defamation lawsuit against Moonton.
Tencent will need to pay $31,000 USD (around 220k Chinese Yuan) as compensation.
This wasn't the first time the the two companies were involved in a legal battle.

Moonton Games, the creator of the well-known mobile MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) game Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB), has won a Chinese court case against the tech giant Tencent. The case concluded with Tencent being held responsible for commercial defamation, resulting in a $31,000 USD (around 220k Chinese Yuan) compensation. The case revolved around the tech giant allegedly spreading false information regarding Moonton’s co-founder Xu Zhenhua. Tencent is the developer behind mobile titles such as Arena of Valor and Honor of Kings. It also owns Riot Game which created popular esports titles like League of Legends, Valorant, and Wild Rift.

Tencent's alleged propagation of false information and fabrication of facts damaged Moonton's business

A defamation case initiated by Shanghai-based game company Moonton Technology against Tencent has come to a conclusion, according to information published by China Judgments Online on 30th September. The court ruled that Tencent's actions did, in fact, amount to commercial defamation and ordered it to pay Moonton $31,000 USD in losses and expenses.

Tencent vs Moonton case

The case referred to a lawsuit filed by Tencent in China for 19.4 million Chinese Yuan ($2.7 million) against  Moonton’s CEO Xu Zhenhua for infringing trade secrets to create the game's software for MLBB.

However, as stated in the court filing, the disagreement was a labor dispute involving Xu Zhenhua's contract at Tencent, which included a non-compete clause during his term. Moonton's CEO was a Tencent employee before he founded the company in 2014.

Despite Tencent's successful case against the Moonton CEO, no conclusion was reached on whether Xu Zhenhua infringed on trade secrets. As a result, Moonton filed this case for commercial defamation and eventually won the case.

This wasn’t the first time the two gaming companies have clashed through a lawsuit. Back in May 2022, Moonton was sued by Riot Games for allegedly copying Wild Rift assets. This included similarities with the title artwork, playable characters, skins, and promotional materials.

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John has been reporting developments on major mobile MOBA titles such as Mobile Legends, Wild Rift, and Arena of Valor for over two years. He also understands and follows various other PC/Mobile games such as League of Legends, Crossfire, Warcraft and more.

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