Riot Games has won a case (Case Number: D2012-0744) against a scam website claiming to offer online support for the real-time strategy game League of Legends (LoL). For those not aware, Riot Games provides official player support at the web address support.leagueoflegends.com, not support-leagueoflegends.com (notice the hyphen in the web address).
In a decision handed down on May 31, 2012, by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the domain name has been ordered transferred from the respondent Maik Baumgartner to Riot Games, Inc. Baumgartner first registered the name in early March according to Whois records.
This appears to be the first domain dispute brought by Riot Games and its no surprise the company won.
If you visit the scam site at support-leagueoflegends.com (screenshot below), it’ll try to get you to download a file.
Riot Games announced over the weekend that League of Legends was hacked. While this case appears to be unrelated, as its free-to-play game continues to grow in popularity, it will likely find itself victim to attacks online, as well as scam websites and cybersquatting of its well-known “League of Legends” trademark.
At the time of this posting, the domain has yet to be transferred, but it should only be a matter of days before the name is secured by Riot.
UPDATE: Details of the ruling have been published online.
Riot Games demonstrated that all of the elements enumerated in paragraph 4(a) of the Policy have been satisfied:
(i) the disputed domain name is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark in which the Complainant has rights;
(ii) the Respondent has no rights or legitimate interests in respect of the disputed domain name; and
(iii) the disputed domain name has been registered and is being used in bad faith.
On the point of bad faith, the panelist had this to say:
In the present case, the Complainant has made a convincing case that the Respondent registered the disputed domain name with the deliberate intention of targeting the Complainant’s trademark for the purpose of acquiring various data from the Complainant’s customers by effectively impersonating the Complainant. In particular, the Complainant has demonstrated that the appearance of the Respondent’s website is highly likely to be confused with the support website of the Complainant. The Complainant has also demonstrated that the Respondent has intentionally selected a confusingly similar domain name to the Complainant’s trademark, being likewise a close typographical variant of the uniform resource locator of the Complainant’s support website, which in the Panel’s opinion is likely to heighten the possibility of consumer confusion. In addition, the Complainant has presented uncontested evidence that after registration of the disputed domain name the Respondent subsequently changed the function of the associated website in order to persuade Internet users who visit the said website unknowingly to download “malware”.
UPDATE 1: The website has been suspended according to a message on the home page.
(Image of Riot Games office lobby via Riot.com)