Tencent Riot Games Alleges ByteDance Unit Copied League of Legends Mobile Version Wild Rift

Riot Games, owned by Tencent Holdings Ltd., has sued ByteDance Ltd.’s Shanghai Moonton Technology Co., alleging that it copied “Wild Rift,” the mobile version of its hit game “League of Legends.”

Riot Games, owned by Tencent Holdings Ltd., has sued ByteDance Ltd.’s Shanghai Moonton Technology Co., alleging that it copied “Wild Rift,” the mobile version of its hit game “League of Legends.”

Riot Games alleges that Moonton removed content and promotional materials from “League of Legends” franchises for its “Mobile Legends: Bang Bang” game, which has been downloaded more than 500 million times on Android.

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“Moonton used his copycat tactics to create and market his mobile video game, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (‘MLBB’), which rivals Wild Rift by utilizing Riot’s extensive and expressive content in Wild Rift itself as well as its trailers, material promotions and other content,” Riot said in the lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court in Los Angeles. “Moonton’s actions constitute copyright infringement.”

A representative for Moonton did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In an emailed statement, Riot Games said, “This action is intended to prevent Moonton from continuing his deliberate and sustained campaign to enjoy League of Legends: Wild Rift and related Riot content for free.” The company added, “This copying must stop.”