In late September 2022, Riot Games filed a lawsuit against NetEase on charges of plagiarism. In this case, the owner of franchises such as league of legends and Teamfight Tactics points out great similarities between its title Valorant and mobile game hyper front🇧🇷 The American company wants the interruption of any use of the game by the Chinese company. The value of the share is R$ 500 thousand.
The initial petition in Brazil took place on September 22 from the office Gusmao & Labruniespecialists in intellectual property cases.
According to the case file:
This is a common action filed by RIOT GAMES SERVIÇOS LTDA. AND OTHERS against NETEASE INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT PTE LTD., aiming at refraining from producing, distributing, making available, exploiting and/or disclosing the HYPER FRONT game, or any other game that is associated or confused with the VALORANT game, due to the occurrence of plagiarism .
As computer programs are also included in the protection of intellectual property in Law nº 9.609/98, the Civil Courts were defined to deal with the matter.
It is important to note that Riot Games also filed the same lawsuit in the United Kingdom, Germany and Singapore. According to the American developer, “substantial parts” were copied by NetEase, such as character styles, maps, weapons and even specific status of the heroes.
similarities are apparent
When checking out some of the gameplay of the Chinese brand’s FPS title, it’s not too difficult to understand the similarities with the Riot game.
please note that Valorant was released in June 2020While hyper front hit digital stores in January 2022🇧🇷
In both cases, two teams of five players face each other in shooting disputes and special abilities. There are so-called “heroes”, unique characters that have their own characteristics and usefulness. However, this type of attribute is also similar in other games, such as Overwatch from Activision Blizzard, for example.
In addition, the artistic style of the games is very similar, from the HUD to the design of the characters and scenarios. Thus, any unsuspecting person could believe that hyper front is a mobile version of Valorant🇧🇷 However, we must not forget that the Riot plans to release its title for mobiles in the future🇧🇷
Hyper Front is not as popular
With a quick internet search, you can find that Valorant has a pretty strong and active player base. In December 2022, the hero shooter surpassed the 14 million user mark in its history, according to the tracking site tracker🇧🇷
On the other hand, hyper front It has more than 1 million downloads on its Play Store page. Its popularity is not so great, as the official content videos do not reach 10,000 views on YouTube. For comparison, the official Riot game channel usually has more than 1 million views on its productions.
Finally, possibly because of ongoing litigation, the default version of hyper front has been removed from Google’s digital store. For those who still want to find the title, its version Lite It’s still available.
With information: polygon🇧🇷