Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Industry | By Jeannie Evans

PUBG takes legal action against Fortnite dev Epic Games for copyright infringement

PUBG takes legal action against Fortnite dev Epic Games for copyright infringement

While numerous games now include a Battle Royale mode, the two biggest names in the genre remain PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite Battle Royale.

A representative from PUBG Corp.

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. Still, PUBG isn't backing down from its claims that Fortnite is a "carbon copy" of PUBG, and is continuing forward with the lawsuit.

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. It isn't the monumental growth that bothers PUBG Corp, however, but rather Epic's access to sensitive backend data surrounding its title as the developer of the engine both games use.

Even more confusingly, The Gamer explains that both companies are owned - at the highest level - by Tencent, which is the world's largest investment corporation. Still, doing things like outright lifting audio files from an existing game to make your own remains highly illegal. They must scavenge for weapons, bandages, and other gear to survive, and the last player standing wins.

Epic declined offer a comment for this story. "The PUBG community has and continues to provide evidence of the many similarities as we contemplate further action".

"Although we've made some meaningful improvements to PUBG, we've fallen short in other ways", the dev team wrote. It's been playable in some form since March of previous year, whereas Epic Games, which had originally planned to make the Save the World mode the centerpiece of Fortnite, only pivoted to put more emphasis on its Battle Royale mode last fall.

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