Riot Games lawsuit says ByteDance unit ripped off ‘League of Legends’ – Reuters

The logo of TikTok’s parent company ByteDance is seen at its booth during an organised media tour to the Zhongguancun National Innovation Demonstration Zone Exhibition Center in Beijing, China February 10, 2022. REUTERS/Florence Lo

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  • ByteDance’s Moonton accused of copying characters, promo materials
  • Tencent’s Riot previously won millions from Moonton in China

(Reuters) – Riot Games Inc, the maker of the popular computer game “League of Legends,” sued ByteDance unit Shanghai Moonton Technology Co Ltd in Los Angeles federal court on Monday for what it called “blatant copying” of the game’s mobile version.

Riot, owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd, said in the lawsuit that Moonton’s “Mobile Legends: Bang Bang” copies extensively from “League of Legends: Wild Rift,” infringing copyrights in several elements of the game and its promotional materials.

ByteDance and Moonton did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.

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