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

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Valorant developer Riot Games is suing NetEase over its game, Hyper Front.According to Polygon, a filing at a UK court claims that Hyper Front is a “copy of substantial parts of Valorant”.

Riot claims there are a number of similarities, including characters, maps, weapons, weapon skins, weapons stats, and charms. “All of our creative choices are mirrored in NetEase’s game,” said Riot Games’ lawyer, Dan Nabel. “We don’t think that changing the color of a character ability or slightly modifying the visual appearance changes the fact that it’s copyright infringement.

It’s like that old saying, ‘You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.’”Valorant is a free-to-play first-person shooter that pits two teams of five against each other, much the same as Hyper Front.The lawsuit claims that NetEase did make changes following a complaint from the company, but the result is much the same, with only minor cosmetic differences to differentiate them.Riot essentially wants the courts to force NetEase to shut down Hyper Front while also claiming “substantial” damages, however, they did not specify a figure.

The lawsuit has been raised across various territories including UK, Germany, Brazil, and Singapore due to the territorial nature of copyright law.“We don’t want to rely on one particular market to have this issue resolved,” said Nabel. “NetEase is a global publisher, as are we.

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