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Social Gaming Platform WinZO Files Lawsuit Against MPL For Copyright Infringement

Social gaming platform WinZO filed a lawsuit in the Delhi High Court against the electronic and mobile gaming platform Mobile Premier League (MPL) citing copyright infringement and trademark infringement of its proprietary game format called ‘World War.’ WinZo sought an injunction against MPL for the same.

The case was heard before Judge Navin Chawla on June 3, with the judge giving WinZO and MPL time to find a mutual settlement. The case is then due to be heard on July 4.

WinZO in its complaint said that MPL had launched a game with a name similar to “World War” at the end of March 2022. The MPL gaming unicorn later changed the name to Team Clash although the esports platform promotions continued to carry the “World” label. War.’ WinZO also said that MPL copied its proprietary game format.

WinZo co-founders (left to right) Paavan Nanda and Saumya Singh

Founded in 2018 by Saumya Singh Rathore and Paavan Nanda, WinZO is a casual gaming platform that hosts multiplayer game formats in 12 languages.

The platform allows users to interact with each other. The company last raised $65 million in a Series C funding round led by Griffin Gaming Partners. At the time, the platform claimed that its revenue had increased tenfold over a 12-month period.

MPL esports platform, backed by cricketer Virat Kohli, founded in 2018 by Sai Srinivas Kiran G and Shubh Malhotra, was valued at $2.3 billion in its latest funding round led by Legatum Capital in September 2021.

The company started as a real money gambling platform for games of skill. It recently announced the launch of its own game studio, Mayhem Studios, to develop high-quality mobile game titles.