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Riot is Suing NetEase Over What It’s Claiming is a Valorant Clone

Valorant developer Riot Games is suing NetEase over its game. hyper front.

according to polygona UK court filing claims Hyper Front is a “substantial copy of Valorant”. Claims there are similarities.

“All of our creative choices are reflected in NetEase games,” said Riot Games attorney Dan Nabel. “I don’t think that changing the color of a character’s abilities or changing his appearance a bit will change the fact that it’s copyright infringement.” is like the old saying. “

Valorant is a free first-person shooter that pits two teams of five against each other, much like Hyper Front.

The lawsuit alleges that NetEase made the changes after complaints from the company, but the results are mostly the same, with only minor cosmetic differences to distinguish them.

Riot basically wants the court to force NetEase to shut down Hyper Front, while also claiming “substantial” damages, though it doesn’t specify an amount. Due to the territorial nature of the law, it has been raised in various jurisdictions including the UK, Germany, Brazil and Singapore.

“We don’t want to rely on one market to solve this problem,” says Nabel. “NetEase is a global publisher just like us. We want them to know that we take this issue very seriously.”

This is not the first time NetEase has been the subject of copyright issues. In 2018, PUBG Corp. filed a lawsuit against the company over his Knives Out and Rules of Survival games, which allegedly infringed PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. A settlement was reached in 2019, but details of the settlement were not disclosed.

IGN’s Valorant review was 9/10 and stated: If it is difficult to pick up at first. I’m already pondering new strategies for future success with friends, and the fun fantasies won’t stop anytime soon. Its quintessential simplicity provides great clarity in every battle. With its teeth set deep, Valorant makes you want to keep playing until there’s nothing left to learn. “

Want to read more about Valorant? Check out Riot Games’ titles coming to Game Pass and his touching Valorant tribute to fans dying of cancer.

Ryan Leston is IGN’s entertainment journalist and film can follow him twitter.

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