PUBG Corp has filed a lawsuit in opposition to Fortnite developer Epic Games. The swimsuit was filed in opposition to Epic Games Korea through the Seoul Central District Court again in January, as PUBG Corp requested the courtroom to find out whether or not Fortnite Battle Royale was infringing on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
If you’ve been dwelling beneath a rock for the previous yr, you gained’t keep in mind that PUBG rose to prominence over the summer time of 2017, amassing a concurrent participant depend of greater than 3.2 million at its peak. Fortnite was first launched final July, however was restricted to its PvE mode, Save the World, earlier than Fortnite Battle Royale was launched in September, which in flip shot to fame.
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While Brendan ‘PlayerUnknown’ Greene has acknowledged that he didn’t invent the battle royale style, he has beforehand addressed the difficulty of PUBG clones. In a press launch issued in September, Chang Han Kim, vice chairman of PUBG writer Bluehole, mentioned that the corporate was fearful that Fortnite was copying PUBG, stating that Bluehole was “concerned that Fortnite may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known.”
Kim additionally states that Bluehole “had an ongoing relationship with Epic Games throughout PUBG’s development as they are the creators of UE4, the engine we licensed for the game.”
The Korea Times studies that the lawsuit was filed in January, with a spokesperson stating that the swimsuit was filed “to guard [Bluehole’s] copyright.
Epic are at the moment within the technique of bringing Fortnite to Korea. The firm signed a take care of on-line sport writer Neowiz Games in January, which ought to see their sport dropped at Korean gaming cafes and PC rooms inside the subsequent few weeks.