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Tencent And Moonton Begin Another Legal Battle

Tencent recently had to stand trial in the face of copyright infringement allegations from Moonton Technology. This comes after the video game giant was accused of infringing on the rights of Moonton’s hit game Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. These alleged violations relate to authorship, reproduction, and communications regarding the game.

This is one of several lawsuits involving Moonton, Tencent, and its subsidiary (Riot Games). In October, it was reported that Moonton won a different commercial defamation lawsuit against Tencent that saw the Chinese gaming giant pay the accuser $30,000. Additionally, Riot Games filed a lawsuit against Moonton in November accusing Mobile Legends: Bang Bang of copying League of Legends. However, that case was dismissed by a U.S. judge.

Prior to the filing of these lawsuits, Tencent was actually in talks to acquire Moonton. But, the organization was eventually purchased by ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, for $4 billion in 2021.

(All information was provided by Esports Inquirer, GamesIndustry.biz, and South China Morning Post)

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