It may be hard to believe, but that mini map you’re looking at is not Summoner’s Rift. It’s from the game 300 Heroes, a “MOBARPG” by Chinese developer ZQ Games. However, it’s pretty safe to say that this game is League of Legends, with only 25 champions and the addition of a 10 v 10 capability (Riot, where’s our Magma Chamber?). The fact that this game exists is strange, since there is a Chinese League of Legends server with a huge following and even custom (and, as some may argue, better) art.
The game 300 Heroes was released on August 14th, 2012, and the following video depicting the game might as well be talking about League of Legends.
The announcer walks us through the concept of champions with different abilities, going back to buy items, and neutral creeps. Heroes in this game also level up to 18, and the champions are the same we’ve come to love from League of Legends:
Even the skills of the copied champs are exactly the same. Non-Malphite’s Seismic Shard, Brutal Strikes, Ground Slam, and Unstoppable Force all have the same effects.
Does non-Malphite’s E look familiar? It should, to DotA players. It’s Jakiro’s Ice Path. Not only did 300 Heroes directly steal abilities, they even stole art for said copied abilities.
So what does this all mean? Why was League of Legends, instead of Heroes of Newerth or Defense of the Ancients copied? It appears that ZQ Games is attempting to cash in quickly (with Recharge Points) on the astronomical rise in popularity of the MOBA genre, and it will be interesting to see if there will be repercussions for its blatant copying.
Perhaps ZQ Games should release Syndra before Riot does and then sue them, ala Goophone with Apple (heh)?
What I find the most amusing about this whole situation, though, is ZQ Games’ heartfelt plea to boycott pirated games:
Healthy advice: Boycott pirated games. Pay attention and protect yourself against being fooled!
By Eva Wong