PUBG Corp sues Epic over Fortnite copyright infringement

Dr Disrespect

Dr Disrespect

According to The Korean Times (Bluehole are from South Korea) one of the main complaints is that Fortnite did not originally launch with a Battle Royale mode and only added it once PUBG became popular.

A representative from PUBG Corp. Fortnite was first released last July, but was limited to its PvE mode, Save the World, before Fortnite Battle Royale was released in September, which in turn shot to fame.

"This is a measure to protect our copyrights", PUBG said, declining to provide further details.

In a surprising turn of events, the Korea Times has reported that PUBG, a subsidiary of the Korean publisher Bluehole, has filed a lawsuit against Epic Games Korea.

The news about the lawsuit has not gone down well with the Fortnite or PUBG communities, with one post denouncing PUBG Corp's decision making it to the top of the /r/PUBATTLEGROUNDS subreddit.

Fortnite has eclipsed the once dominant PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds title, both in terms of mindshare and money. That includes encryption-based solutions to prevent hackers from exploiting vulnerabilities, banning accounts within hours of using an exploit, and even taking legal action against those who create these hacks.

PUBG's popularity has been declining since the beginning of this year, while Fortnite has continued to pick up steam.

Epic Games provides PUBG with its Unreal Engine technology, which was used to create PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

The idea that a company can be sued for having the same game mode seems pretty ludicrous - imagine if id Software sued everyone that included a Deathmatch mode - but Bluehole are also alleging that Fortnite copied specific elements of PUBG's user interface and some of its items. 'Although we've made some meaningful improvements to PUBG, we've fallen short in other ways, ' the development team admit in a note to gamers outlining planned improvements.

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