Riot Games are suing Hyper Front’s creators for allegedly stealing content from Valorant.
Riot Games is involved in yet another legal dispute; this time, the business is suing Chinese firm NetEase over the game Hyper Front, which it claims is a Valorant clone.
Riot Games asserts several similarities between the two games, alleging that “significant sections” of the characters, terrain, weapons, weapon skins, and even some attributes in Hyper Front have been stolen from Valiant.
According to Polygon, Riot Games is taking the matter before courts in the UK, Germany, Brazil, and Singapore. According to Polygon, Riot Games is bringing the lawsuit to several courts since different countries have distinct legal systems, and it doesn’t want to rely on one court to decide the case.
In addition to seeking “substantial” damages, Riot Games plans to utilize the legal system to get NetEase to shut down Hyper Front.
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Free-to-play first-person shooters Valorant and Hyper Front pit teams of five players against one another in various modes. These games have stylized visuals. Valiant is accessible in the US and will have a mobile version later on, but Hyper Front is unavailable in the US and is exclusively available on mobile.
When compared side by side with Valorant, Hyper Front does have a passing similarity, even though shooters are a dime a dozen in the current gaming scene, and five-v-five is a standard format within the shooter genre. Many of the Hyper Front characters have similar designs to some of the Valiant characters.
Riot Games has had to file legal action against other businesses for infringement of their intellectual property.
I Am Hero: AFK Tactical Teamfight, developed by the Vietnamese company Imba Network, was accused by Riot Games of copying Teamfight Tactics’ character images and backstories. Riot Games’ parent company Tencent won a $2.9 million case against Moonton for duplicating League of Legends to develop Mobile Legends.