Riot Games is suing developer Imba Technology for copying League of Legends in the game I Am Hero: AFK Tactical Teamfight.
The complaint was filed last week in the US District Court for the Central District of California, according to Reuters.
The lawsuit claims that due to the success of League of Legends, "developers of low-budget mobile games have tried to leverage this popularity and goodwill by featuring imitated versions of LoL champions in their own games." EI Am Hero: AFK Tactical Teamfight, Imba's iOS and Android game would be one such imitation, according to the lawsuit.
Riot further claims that the game's name itself is a direct reference to the League of Legends spin-off Teamfight Tactics, and that the heroes featured were "deliberately designed to be substantially and confusingly similar to LoL champions."
This becomes clearer when we look at some of Imba's in-game heroes compared to Riot's champions. One of the examples given in the process is the character Teemo from LoL and the character Tomee from I Am Hero. In addition to the name referring to the LoL character, the stories of the two are the same, almost without changing a single word.
Riot's complaints are with more than one character, with similarities being mentioned between the characters Heimerdinger from LoL and Dinger from I Am Hero, Nautilus and Tidus, Viktor and Victor, Vi and Vy, Zac and Zak, among others.
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Apart from the name of the game and the characters, the lawsuit still complains of plagiarism in the gameplay and in the skills of the characters, which would also have been taken from League of Legends, and even points out reviews from the Google Play app store, with players complaining about the plagiarism. in question.
Riot seeks damages for copyright infringement and further explains that it sent a Cease and Desist letter (known as C&D) to Imba in December 2021, but the developer reportedly responded by admitting that “some of its game’s content was substantially similar to the one in the game.” of LoL, but denying that he had been involved in copyright infringement.”
In addition to the compensation, Riot asks that I Am Hero stop being made available.
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