Mobile Legends Bang Bang is a MOBA game released in December 2016. It’s the first self-developed game of Mobile Legends, a famous 3D Hero Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) video game developed by Moonton Technology.
It was announced that Riot Games, the developer of League of Legends, has sued Mobile Legends for copyright infringement regarding Mobile Legends’ use of heroes and other elements found in League of Legends and its logo. MOBA League of Legends is just a year old so it can be said that many gamers are still trying out and excitedly anticipating this game’s global expansion events.
Riot Games is accusing Moonton Technology of using League of Legends (Industrial Property) in its MOBA game Nexus: Reborn without their permission. The developer is reportedly accusing Mobile Legends because of their similarities to League of Legends – both have a similar interface and map. They also set up an Alliance system with League which includes ranks and rewards- just like League when it first started in 2009 or so.
League has many similarities to Mobile Legends’ predecessor – the now-defunct Battle of Honor. So it’s not surprising Riot would want to crack down with copyright suits on Copycat games like Mobile Legends, who borrow
MOBA League of Legends developer Riot Games is suing Mobile Legends Bang Bang developer Moonton Technology, alleging that they stole their intellectual property and replicated the visuals, gameplay, and other copyrighted content found in the global hit video game.
It is no wonder that the developer of League of Legends is seeking damages from Moonton Technology for copyright violations. After all, Riot Games has a continuous legacy in developing the first MOBA game on the PC platform with millions of players worldwide.
The two-game logos are shown here. In 2019, the original League of Legends logo was replaced with a new one that was gold-based and heavily fonted. Moonton followed suit a little over a year later, with Tencent claiming that the Mobile Legends’ “layout, prominent usage of the phrase ‘Legends,’ and gold typeface” are virtually identical to the new League of legends logo.
League of Legends Logos
Mobile Legends Logos
Let’s move on to the characters. Riot’s first champion, Ahri, may be seen below in both Wild Rift (2020) and League of Legends (2018). This character concept is identical to Moonton’s artwork for Guinevere’s ‘Psion of Tomorrow’ skin, which was released just a few weeks ago. Tencent asserts that these characters not only appear the same but also perform similarly.
Ahri (LOL) and Guinevere (ML)
Meanwhile, here’s Riot’s first League of Legends champion, Zac, from 2013, next to Moonton’s hero Gloo from 2021. According to Tencent, “Both have the same color palette of magenta, purple, and black, as well as clawed hands and identical body proportions. In the games, the two characters have identical walks, attacks, characteristics, and abilities.”
Zac (LOL) and Gloo (ML)