Riot Games is suing NetEase over the Valorant ‘copy’

Riot Games is suing NetEase publisher over the Chinese company Hyper foreheadwhich is a five-on-five mobile shooter that Riot claims is a appraisal cloning. Dan Nabil, a lawyer for Riot Games, said the company is also taking the case to courts in the UK, Germany, Brazil and Singapore. The lawsuits are slightly different in each country, based on their respective copyright laws, but the thrust of the case is the same – Hyper forehead It’s a copy of the intrinsic parts of appraisalRiot’s lawyers claim in their UK filing.

Hyper foreheadSuch as appraisalis a free first-person shooter where teams of five play against each other in a number of different modes. Riot Games released appraisal in 2020 on Windows PC, currently working on a mobile version, announced in 2021. As of that year, appraisal It averaged over 14 million players per month.

Hyper forehead It is released in 2022 on Android and iOS. Player data for Hyper forehead Not available, although it is listed on the Google Play Store as having over 1 million downloads and over 48,000 reviews. It is currently not available to play in the United States, which is where Riot Games is headquartered. Riot lays out a number of similarities between the two games in the lawsuit it filed in the UK — characters, maps, weapons, weapon skins and magic, even going so far as to compare weapon stats. The studio claims in the lawsuit that NetEase modified it Hyper forehead Shortly after Riot’s complaints, as seen in the images below. However, Riot says that copyright infringement goes beyond that.

“All of our creative choices are reflected in the NetEase game,” Nabil told Polygon. We don’t think changing the color of a character’s ability or slightly modifying the visual appearance changes the fact that it’s copyright infringement. It’s like the saying, ‘You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.'”

NetEase did not respond to Polygon’s request for comment.

Compare Nabel between Hyper forehead Lawsuit in another case between NetEase and PUBG Corp. on NetEase Take out the knives And the survival ruleswhich PUBG Corp said was infringing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. That case, brought before a US court in 2018, was settled in 2019, but the terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Riot Games is seeking the courts to force NetEase to shut down Hyper foreheadAnd for “significant” damage – Riot didn’t specify a number. Nabel told Polygon that the company is prosecuting the case in several courts because “copyright is territorial,” with different laws in different regions of the world. “We don’t want to rely on a specific market to solve this problem,” said Nabel. “NetEase is a global publisher, as we are. We want them to know we take it seriously.”

Riot Games has certainly proven this in the past, filing a number of lawsuits against companies that make copies of their games. Earlier this year, Riot sued A league of legends “ripoff” and a Teamfight Tactics “Cut off or be killed.” In 2018, Riot, through parent company Tencent Holdings, won a $2.9 million lawsuit over a different case. league of legends looks similar.

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