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PUBG Sues Epic Games Korea, Claims Copyright Violation

29 May, 2018, 19:09 | Author: Arnold Gilbert
  • Fortnite vs PUBG: game giants ready for battle royale in court

I don't think anyone really took Bluehole Vice President Chang Han Kim when he threatened that the company would look at pursuing legal action against Epic Games over the similarities between PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' take on Battle Royale and Fortnite: Battle Royale's opportunistic jump into the genre.

Going forward, PUBG Corp. outlined three top priorities: performance, server-side optimisation, and cheating.

So when Fortnite - a game about building shelters and fending off zombies - suddenly introduced a free-to-play battle royale mode, Bluehole was understandably concerned.

The companies behind two of the world's most popular video games are squaring off in court. No other details have been revealed in regards to the lawsuit, it's now in the hands of The Seoul Central District Court to decide whether Epic Games has plagiarised PUBG or not.

PUBG Corp.is also claiming that NetEase intentionally misled consumers into believing that its games were related to "PUBG".

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds developer PUBG.

The suit, which if successful could see Epic Games banned from selling the game in Korea and forced to pay royalties to PUBG, comes at the same time as PUBG admits that performance improvements for the game haven't been forthcoming. The argument is that Fortnite substantially copied both user interfaces and items in its battle royale mode from PUBG, and the publisher is seeking an injuction against the game being released in Korea. However, there are a couple things to point out that may lead more credence to an alternative case.

Epic declined offer a comment for this story. We'll keep you posted with further developments.

The thing is that Epic Games can nearly certainly retaliate by scrutinising the details of their licensing agreement with Bluehole for Unreal Engine 4, on which PUBG is built.

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