Riot Games, the developer behind League of Legends, has filed a lawsuit against Riot Squad, a Chicago-based esports organisation, which has teams competing in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, Rainbow Six Siege, Apex Legends, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
The developer, which owns the trademarks ‘Riot’ and ‘Riot Games’ in the context of videogames and esports, has asked the court to forbid the organisation from using the word ‘Riot’ and award damages for its use in organisations branding and merchandise.
“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 that it claims was “founded by gamers, for gamers”,” the court documents, which were obtained by Polygon, read.
“Riot Squad apparently hopes and intends that by its use of the RIOT brand name, 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”
The court has also been asked to consider asking Riot Squad to “deliver up for destruction” every item that uses the trademark ‘Riot’ and ‘Riot Games.’
Riot Squad was founded earlier this year, hitting the headlines in the CS:GO world after signing Pujan ‘FNS’ Mehta. Despite finding little success on the esports scene, Riot Squad has built up a small following on social media since its creation in March.
Riot Squad have not responded to The Loadout’s request for comment before the release of this article and Riot Games declined.