PUBG Corp, parent organization of Bluehole, has filed a lawsuit against, Epic Games, the developers of Fortnite. The lawsuit is filed on the basis of similarities between the two popular battle royale games: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite Battle Royale.
PUBG Corp Lawsuit
According to a report by Korean Times, the Seoul Central District Court will decide if PUBG Corp’s claims hold true and similarities between the games do indeed exist. PUBG Corp claims that Epic Games has copied PUBG’s “items and user interface”.
A PUBG official said, “We filed the suit to protect our copyright in January,”.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite Battle Royale both share a similar concept. Like the Japanese film “Battle Royale”, both games pit 100 players against each other in a small enclosed map. There are a few differences as well as several notable similarities between the games. PUBG has a larger map with drivable vehicles whereas Fortnite features a unique building mechanic.
PUBG was initially launched as an early access title in March 2017, with the full release in December 2017. Fortnite was originally launched in July 2017 and only contained “PvE Save The World”. In September 2017, Epic Games added a Battle Royale game mode to Fortnite.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is built on the Unreal Engine 4, which is owned by Epic Games. As a result, PUBG Corp and Epic Games have had an ongoing relationship for a while. Back in September when Fortnite Battle Royale was released, executive producer Chang Han Kim stated, “We have also noticed that Epic Games references PUBG in the promotion of Fortnite to their community and in communications with the press. This was never discussed with us and we don’t feel that it’s right. The PUBG community has and continues to provide evidence of the many similarities as we contemplate further action.”
Epic Games is currently planning to launch Fortnite in gaming cafes across Korea. This began after an agreement was signed between Epic Games and Neowiz Games.