Obtained legal documents show that the copyright lawsuit that Riot Games filed against Moonton has been dismissed by a US court.
Riot Games, the maker of the popular MOBA game League of Legends and its mobile version, Wild Rift, alleges that Moonton copied Wild Rift’s promotional materials and elements.
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As per the ruling of US district judge Michael Fitzgerald, the case could be heard in China where Riot Games’ parent company, tech giant Tencent, is based.
One of the factors of the ruling is the alleged refusal of Tencent to “fully participate” in the lawsuit filed by Riot Games.
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The ruling, which consists of 31 pages, says that “Riot would seemingly like to harness the discovery mechanisms in the US judicial system (which are far broader than China’s), knowing full well that because Tencent is outside of this Court’s subpoena power, those discovery advantages will primarily inure to Riot but not Moonton.”
Moreover, the court discovered that Riot Games and Tencent allowed each other to share each other’s copyright works. This means that “it is entirely unclear which elements of the games are made by Riot and which are made by Tencent.”
“Such knowledge is critical to Moonton’s copyright defenses. It thus remains unfair to allow Riot and Tencent to bring a two-front war against Moonton unless and until Tencent decides to show up on both battlefields,” the ruling said.
In a statement, Riot Games said that they “strongly disagree” with the decision and that they find the ruling “worrying”. The game developer said that they are thinking of filing an appeal.