PUBG and Fortnite Battle it in Court Over Copyright Violation

May 29, 2018
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This is one battle that’s going to be exciting. The companies behind PUBG and Fortnite are battling over alleged copyright infringement suit filed in South Korea.

Epic Games, the North Carolina-based game developer, is facing lawsuit filed by PUBG Corp., an affiliate of South Korean studio Bluehole Inc. The lawsuit claims that the immensely-hit Fortnite copies characteristics from PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

Both PUBG and Fortnite are easily the most popular video games in the world right now. With the former introducing its game last year, it brought the Hunger Games-style concept to the gaming world. The game pits 100 players against each other in a race to kill on an island until there’s only one survivor left. The concept became so popular that it was embraced by many rivals, but most notably by Fortnite!

Fortnite differs in a way that it allows players to build structures and is more cartoon-like in its graphics unlike PUBG that goes for a more realistic combat-style environment.

“This is a measure to protect our copyrights,” said PUBG in an statement.

A complicated relationship

Both PUBG and Fortnite are partly owned by Tencent Holdings Ltd., and it’s interesting to note that Epic Games provides PUBG with its Unreal Engine technology which is an essential part for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds existence.

However, since Fortnite made it to the world, PUBG has seen its popularity falling. With Fortnite reaching 3.4 million players in February, it topped its rivals 3.3 million users it had achieved a month earlier.

Earlier in 2018, PUBG also sued Netease Inc. for creating Rules of Survival and Knives Out on storylines close to its popular game. The company asked for both games to be removed from Google Play and App Store and filed for $150,000 lawsuit, according to a court filing.

According to Gamespot, PUBG Corp.’s lawsuit against Epic is apparently limited to Korea. The website searched the United States courts database and found no results for a lawsuit against Epic Games from PUBG Corp.

That being said, whatever happens in the Korean lawsuit could impact other parts of the world.

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