PUBG sues Epic over Fortnite similarities

Fortnite vs PUBG: game giants ready for battle royale in court

PUBG Corp. is suing Epic Games for Fortnite’s Battle Royale similarities

The South Korean suit, noted by The Korea Times, takes particular issue with Fortnite's battle royale mode.

Going forward, PUBG Corp. outlined three top priorities: performance, server-side optimisation, and cheating. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds was released in March 2017, a full six months before Fortnite Battle Royale was released as a free-to-play title in September 2017.

That brings us to cheating, where the PUBG dev team believes it has "made the most progress".

According to the Korean Times, PUBG Corp filed the injunction in January.

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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. But the game's features have been embraced by rivals, prompting earlier legal action. After the advent of the Jetpack last patch 4.2, Epic Games wants to add a new form of "vehicle" as a transportation for either solo or multiple players on a squad.

PUBG's popularity has been declining since the beginning of this year, while Fortnite has continued to pick up steam. Still, doing things like outright lifting audio files from an existing game to make your own remains highly illegal.

Launched in March a year ago as a Steam Early Access title for Windows PCs and since launched on the Xbox One console along with the Android and iOS mobile platforms, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has become one of the most popular multiplayer games around.

We have also noticed that Epic Games references PUBG in the promotion of Fortnite to their community and in communications with the press. Similar to using copyrighted material in your own game, using another game's brand to promote your own is often something the other game's developer can sue you over.

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