Riot Games Sues Mobile Game Developer Behind Mobile Legends
Mobile Legends developer Shanghai Moonton Technology was hit by a lawsuit this week by Riot Games for copyright infringement. Anyone who has ever played or even seen Mobile Legends shouldn't be too surprised with this revelation; Mobile Legends is obviously a knock off of League of Legends. It doesn't take a copyright lawyer to realize it either. Just take a look:
But beyond just copying the map, Mobile Legends also copied many of the iconic characters in League of Legends:
Moonton Technology obviously doesn't agree though. They released a statement on their facebook page:
“Mobile Legends is a MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) that is developed by Moonton independently, and its copyright has already been registered and protected in multiple countries all over the world,“ the statement, posted on Tuesday, said.
“Mobile Legends and all the users will not be affected by these unreal reports and we will keep providing the best gameplay experience to players all over the world.”
They also cautioned members of the media from spreading "false information". Sounds like they're calling us fake news.
Despite the game's moderate popularity it doesn't really pose a big threat to League of Legends. I suspect the timing of this lawsuit is related to the upcoming launch of Strike of Kings in the West. While Strike of Kings also has many similarities to League of Legends, both games are owned by Tencent, the parent company of Riot Games.
It may not even be worth asking, but do you think Mobile Legends is a rip off? I wonder what their defense is going to be.
Oh and here's another character they ripped off:
According to the actual lawsuit there are dozens of characters in Mobile Legends which are just league knockoffs.
Images sourced from actual lawsuit