A Shanghai court recently ruled in favor of MOONTON Games following a lawsuit the company filed against Tencent. According to Esports Inquirer, this ruling will see Tencent pay MOONTON over $30,000 after the organization sued the gaming giant for defamation.
According to GamerBraves, Tencent had hired lawyers to approach MOONTON’s Indonesian partners in an attempt to “weaken their position” in the country. Yicai reports that Tencent had used intimidating language with these companies and claimed that it had won an ongoing plagiarism case between Riot Games and MOONTON, even though no such verdict exists. Eventually, the Shanghai court ruled that lying about the result of another lawsuit was out of line, causing Tencent to lose the case.
Previously, a different court had ruled in MOONTON’s favor. However, this most recent decision upholds that ruling.
“[Tencent] had fabricated and spread false information that was inconsistent with the facts and hindered the cooperation between the plaintiff and relevant partners,” reads an official statement from MOONTON.
MOONTON Games is a developer that was founded in 2015 as a subsidiary of ByteDance. MOONTON’s most famous game is Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, which has registered over 81 million players in the last 30 days.