PUBG Corp sues Epic over Fortnite copyright infringement

Alfred Osborne
May 29, 2018

Though both games share a common lineage (being the film, Battle Royale), game genre progenitor PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite aren't identical games.

BlueHole has previously spoken out about similarities between Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, shortly after the release of Fortnite: Battle Royale in September a year ago.

The companies behind two of the world's most popular video games are squaring off in court. Beyond this, neither company has spoken up about the legal action as investigations are under way.

The game also sees up to 100 players land on an island, search for weapons and kill one another until one player is left standing. But it seems the games' similarities might be a bit too close for comfort.

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The most recent blog post talked about adding many objects to the game's buildings that reflect the culture the map is inspired by, which should give it a more lived-in feel missing from previous tests.

"This is a measure to protect our copyrights", PUBG Corp. told Bloomberg. "Players have rightfully called us out for failing to address complaints about performance, and recently we haven't done the best job of communicating about the changes we're making to the game". As Fortnite was indeed released in the region, the injunction was unsuccessful-that said, PUBG remains significantly more popular in Korea than Fortnite.

He continued: "We have also noticed that Epic Games references PUBG in the promotion of Fortnite to their community and in communications with the press".

It's not the first infringement suit PUGB Corporation has filed; last month it sued NetEase over its mobile apps Rules of Survival and Knives Out in California. It asked that both games be removed from Apple's App Store and Google Play and demanded $150 000 "per infringed work", according to a court filing.

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