Riot Games Reportedly Suing Moonton's Mobile Legends for Copying Wild Rift Assets

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Riot Games Reportedly Suing Moonton's Mobile Legends for Copying Wild Rift Assets

John Dave Rossel
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Riot Games is reportedly suing Shanghai Moonton Technology Co. once again for copying various Wild Rift assets.
Riot Games' lawsuit details Moonton allegedly copying various promotional material, in-game assets, and even its esports scene.
A similar case between the two companies had also been made during 2017 where Riot Games won the case in China.

Riot Games is reportedly suing Shanghai Moonton Technology Co. once again in Los Angeles Federal Court for allegedly copying several elements from its mobile MOBA title, League of Legends: Wild Rift. Moonton’s Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) is reportedly accused of copying several characters and skin designs, as well as promotional material that highly resembles that of Wild Rift. Moonton is yet to respond to these accusations. Back in 2017, a lawsuit was filed against Moonton, alleging that MLBB was copying League of Legends PC. However, the court dismissed the case as it believed the case could be handled better in China, which is where Riot Games eventually won the lawsuit.

Mobile Legends sued again for allegedly copying Wild Rift

According to a report from Polygon, Riot Games is once again suing Moonton for allegedly “ripping off” Wild Rift. The complaint was filed in the United States (US) District Court for the Central District of California which “seeks to stop Moonton from continuing its deliberate and sustained campaign to free ride on Riot’s highly valuable rights in the mobile videogame League of Legends: Wild Rift (“Wild Rift ”) and related content.”

Riot Games' lawsuit detailed that Moonton’s “mimicry” can be seen in various promotional material, in-game assets, and even in its esports scene. One example noted was the background music used in the “All Star 2022 Myanmar Call Out Video” from Mobile Legends which sounds similar to the “Welcome to Planet Urf” official soundtrack for League of Legends’ custom game mode Ultra Rapid Fire (URF).

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A few comparisons have also been stated in the document such as various trailers, promotional artwork, marketing poster designs, and in-game skins.

Given the result of 2017's trial, Riot Games may be preparing to settle these complaints against Moonton in the Chinese court. The complete documentation regarding Riot Game’s lawsuit can be found in the link provided.

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John is a mobile esports writer for AFK Gaming that specializes in Wild Rift and Mobile Legends, whilst also maintaining an overview of the Free Fire, COD Mobile and PUBG Mobile esports scenes.