Lawsuits, Lawsuits, and Lawsuits! When will we ever have the pleasure of hearing this word discontinue in the Gaming Industry? Well, the answer is NEVER. In the list of absurd lawsuits, Riot may just have made the recent contribution. Yes, you heard it right – one more lawsuit from the well-known creator of League of Legends. Here’s all about the Riot Games Riot Squad lawsuit!
Overview of the Riot Games Riot Squad Lawsuit
Riot Games sued Riot Squad (An Esports Organization) over their alleged use of the Riot Games trademark. RG claimed that Riot Squad is intentionally and deliberately using their trademark to drive in customers, hinting that they are a branch of Riot Games and they are inter-linked.
Riot Squad has recently stepped foot in the gaming industry and has teams for CSGO, PUBG, Apex Legends and Rainbow 6 Siege. On the other hand, Riot Games is a Multi-National Organization that is widely known for developing League of Legends.
3 Major Issues that Caused the Lawsuit
One of the acts that incited this issue and lead to the lawsuit was the constant use of the word “Riot” by Riot Squad. The emphasis on the word “Riot” on their logo, with its significant
presence on their merchandise is also a problem. Last but an important contributor to this Lawsuit was the extreme similarity in the slogan of Riot Games & Riot Squad. The slogan
of Riot Games formed a decade ago read: “By Players, For Player,” while the slogan of the nascent Riot Squad is: “By Gamers, For Gamers.”
The main reason for the Riot Squad lawsuit were to address their fan base by indicating that they aren’t in any way related to the company. On top of that, they wanted to send a warning. A warning to other companies not to do the same as Riot Squad.
Explaining the Riot Games Lawsuit
Here is an extract from the Lawsuit to give you a gist on the whole story:
“ Riot Squad Esports LLC (‘Riot Squad’) has unfairly and unlawfully adopted and exploited the Riot brand name in connection with its marketing, advertising, and promotion of a nascent esports organization……………………..consumers will mistakenly believe that its esports organization is in some manner associated with, sponsored or endorsed by, or otherwise affiliated with Riot and its hugely popular products and services.” Courtesy Polygon.
“This is an action for trademark infringement and false designation of origin under the federal Lanham Act, and unfair competition under California law.”
The Lanham Act, also known as the Trademark Act, was passed in 1946. The U.S. federal statute that protects and designates organizations’ abilities to have their own unique trademark, logo, and service mark. The statute further protects organizations from anything the court could deem to be “unfair competition”.
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Riot Games goes on to say in the lawsuit about actions following the lawsuit. They mention measures that Riot Squad is to take asap. Riot Games mentions that any merchandise bearing the Trademark is to be destructed immediately. Riot’s logo that is engraved on the front of the T-Shirt or Hoodie are also to be immediately removed. Riot Games reportedly also told Riot Squad to be careful with their advertising. They warned Riot Squad that continuing will have negative effects on them.
What do you think about this; is Riot overstepping here or are they right in making a lawsuit? Let us know in the comments below!