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PUBG Corp Has Filed a Copyright Infringement Suit Against Epic's Fortnite

Posted by Suzie Ford on May 29, 2018  | Comments

PUBG Corp Has Filed a Copyright Infringement Suit Against Epic's Fortnite - MMORPG.com

The Korea Times (via GameInformer) is reporting that PUBG Corp, the company behind PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, is suing Epic Games in Korea over copyright infringement with its game, Fortnite. The lawsuit wants a court to decide if Fortnite, or at least aspects of it, such as the UI or in-game items, were copied from PUBG. The injunction was filed in January with the Seoul Central District Court and specifically against Epic Games Korea.

Bluehole and, later, PUBG Corp. had stated in early Fall 2017 that it was exploring its options with regard to legal action against Epic. "The Korean firm added that it was regrettable that Epic Games, which was a partner of Bluehole, had released a similar game". The two had shared an "ongoing relationship", according to Producer Chang Han Kim, due to PUBG being developed using Epic's Unreal Engine and that Fortnite's battle royale mode came after collaborative work between the companies.

The revelation of the suit comes at a time when Fortnite's explosive growth around the world and on multiple platforms is a seemingly unstoppable juggernaut. PUBG, while still hugely popular, has slipped out of the number one spot in terms of revenue generation and player count. 

(image courtesy of GameOverManaus)

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom

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