Riot addresses patent accusations
In the heat of all the patent issues that have been going on, such as the battle between mobile developer King and indie rpg Banner Saga, Riot Games have fallen into the dispute.
Over the years, Riot Games have applied for and placed patents on a host of their intellectual property, and due to all the recent patent wars between mmo developers, they fallen into the spotlight, and have been taken heat from fans and media alike.
In an announcement published on the Riot Games website, they've defended their decisions, and further more, attacked the US patent system; claiming that their patents only exist to defend themselves against exploiters of the dated and poorly drawn legislation that's currently in place.
"We have no interest in using any patents offensively. The US patent system is broken and needs reform. Many gaming companies -- including us -- are getting attacked by patent trolls."
In addition, to prove their point further, they have directed other hopeful developers to a set of guide to a set of guidelines that they've put in place to allow other teams to safely skip through the legislation. This should allow them to build based on Riot's intellectual property in their own games, with an unofficial promise from the League of Legends owners that it's allowable.
Riot have a lot of big League of Legends patents out there, and with more and more MOBA copycats coming out every month, we'll have to wait and see if they'll stay true to their promise.