PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Studio Is Suing Over Fortnite

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Studio Is Suing Over Fortnite

South Korea’s PUBG Corp., the studio behind PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, is suing Epic Games’ South Korean branch for alleged copyright infringement in Fortnite.

The popularity of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has fallen in the wake of Fortnite‘s success, with the game’s player count cut by half. Some streamers have also turned their attention to Epic’s game, casting aside PUBG, just as its getting fun again.

[referenced url=”” thumb=”” title=”PUBG’s New Map Is The Most Fun I’ve Had Since Launch” excerpt=”This week, a limited amount of players can test the latest map in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, codenamed “Savage.” This map is significantly smaller than the game’s other two maps. The resulting action provides a breath of fresh air, kicking Battlegrounds’ usually deliberate pacing into something much more frantic.”]

As Bloomberg reports, this isn’t the first time PUBG Corp. has taken another studio to court over alleged copyright issues.

This past autumn, it sued China’s Netease for its copyright claims in mobile games Rules of Survival and Knives Out.

[referenced url=”” thumb=”” title=”Some PUBG Clones Are Actually Being Sued” excerpt=”App stores are currently overrun with battle royale games that I will generously say are heavily inspired by PUBG and Fortnite. It’s a wild west out there, but amidst all the copy-catting, two games plucked from the masses are being taken to court by PUBG Corp., the company running PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.”]

Things between Epic and PUBG Corp. are, well, rather complex. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Bloomberg points out, was made in Epic’s Unreal Engine, and China’s Tencent owns a share in both companies.

This latest suit is, as PUBG Corp. is quoted as saying, “a measure to protect our copyrights.” Epic Games reportedly did not respond for comment.

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