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Riot Games filed a lawsuit against Imba Network for copying Teamfights Tactics

Vietnamese company accused of making a knock off

Riot Games, the popular gaming studio has alleged that Imba Network has made a knock-off of its League of Legends spin-off Teamfight Tactics. According to Reuters, Riot Games have filed a lawsuit against them holding them in contempt of stealing likenesses, stories, and lore for its game I Am Hero: AFK Tactical Teamfight.

The Vietnamese developing company Imba Network has denied copying the popular gaming studio’s game in spite of the fact that the lawsuit published by Riot Games has clear comparisons between the two titles.

I am Hero AFK Tactical Teamfight
Image via Imba Network

It also includes names like Heimerdinger (League of Legends) vs. Dinger (I Am Hero: AFK Tactical Teamfight), Teemo vs. Tomee, and Vi vs. Vy. Supposedly some texts that appear in the game are also copied and pasted from Riot Games along with the inclusion of similar abilities and character icons.

Riot Games has sued Imba Network for a whopping $150,000

I Am Hero: AFK Tactical Teamfight is described as an idle RPG that is available across mobile platforms and is also blamed by Riot Games to have some text that appears to have been copied and pasted from Riot and includes similar abilities and character icons.

Riot Games sues Imba Network seeking $150,000 for each instance of copyright infringement caused by the company and has requested the California court to restrict Imba Network from selling its game. They have also filed a cease and desist letter in December with Imba Network, including an “extensive but non-exhaustive side-by-side chart of copied characters and gameplay elements.”

Imba’s plan that potential customers would recognize the Infringing Game’s heroes was successful. Many players commented on the outright copying of LoL champions in the Infringing Game,

Riot games’ lawyer

Riot Games has its own set of issues. One of them was already embroiled in its own lawsuit for sexual harassment within the studio itself. In January 2022, the company agreed on a $100 million gender discrimination settlement to end the lawsuit.

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