Mobile Legends Dev Lost Lawsuit to Riot Games / Tencent – Close to USD $3 Million
In the case of Riot Games / Tencent against Moonton with regards to League of Legends & Mobile Legends, the results are in. Almost USD $3 million at stake.
Mobile Legends Dev Lost Lawsuit to Riot Games / Tencent
Tencent Holding, the parent company for League of Legends developer Riot Games, has been awarded a whopping 19.4 million Chinese Yuan (RMB) in the case against Moonton, the developers of Mobile Legends. This amount is equivalent to about USD $2.9 million.
Last year, Riot Games first sued Moonton (Shanghai Moonton Technology Co.) in the Central District Court of California. Unfortunately, it was dismissed on grounds of forum non conviens, which basically means that another jurisdiction or court could hear the case more conveniently. For this, it would be the court in Shanghai.
This was then proceeded with Tencent, a Chinese company, launching a new suit against Mobile Legends there instead. This lawsuit was a non-disclosure and non-compete lawsuit.
According to Dot Esports, It was being said that Moonton was originally supposed to pay Tencent roughly 2.6 million RMB (about USD $388,000). The court however ruled that this original settlement, a number reached by Moonton, was incorrect.
It appears that Moonton’s owners used a valuation based on how tax authorities calculate value, rather than one based on book values which made it insufficient for settlement. The figure was then raised to 19.4 million RMB.
It’s no surprise that many people, including the companies involved, that Mobile Legends seems to be eerily similar to League of Legends. There were plenty of assets that seemed to be either a carbon copy or completely ripped from the game as well. But it wasn’t just Mobile Legends as Riot Games even brought another game, Magic Rush: Heroes, into the lawsuit as it included several playable characters that are very simlar to some champions in League of Legends.
That might not be the end of if it for Moonton as according to Dot Esports, Tencent’s China-based mobile MOBA King of Glory is joining forces with Riot and Tencent to sue Moonton for an additional copyright infringement case as well. We’ll have to wait and see how this develops.
Source: Dot Esports
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