Hot at the heels of the “Kantai Collection” court win over “Abyss Horizon” for copyright infringement, “League of Legends” developer Riot Games’ mother company Tencent won a non-disclosure and non-compete lawsuit against “Mobile Legends” developer Shanghai Moonton Technology, Dot Esports reports.
The saga started out in California in the United States in 2017, when Riot Games filed a case against “Mobile Legends”, but the case was thrown out on a technicality. It was then taken to Shanghai where a fresh case was filed, and the Chinese court decided to award Tencent approximately US $2.9M in damages.
Encouraged by their legal success, another Tencent game “Kings of Glory” (also known as “Arena of Valor” in countries and territories outside of China) will be cooperating with Riot Games for a fresh slate of copyright infringement lawsuits against “Mobile Legends”.
Players will note however that “Kings of Glory/Arena of Valor” has also been accused of being a “League of Legends” copycat, but since both games are owned by the same company no legal actions have been taken.