The developer of PUBG suggested that they may take action and now it seems that they have eventually filed a lawsuit against Fortnite’s creator on the ground of copyright infringement.
Korea-based PUBG Corp. filed the lawsuit against US-based Epic Games to get the courts to decide whether Fortnite represents some kind of copy of PUBG.
A PUBG Corp. representative told Korea Times that its lawsuit against Epic was filed back in January in the Seoul Central District Court. Epic Games Korea, a division of Epic Games, is the defendant.
Back in September 2017, PUBG Corp. said it was “concerned that Fortnite may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known.” The Korean studio said PUBG is the “first standalone Battle Royale survival shooter game.”
The report doesn’t mention any specific claims in the lawsuit, but PUBG Corp. has previously stated that it had some concerns about Fortnite’s user interface, gameplay and “structural replication” because it relates to the similar elements between the gameplay and systems in both PUBG and Fortnite.
It seems that PUBG Corp. also had a business relationship with Epic, as the Korea studio licensed Epic’s Unreal Engine for PUBG.
The battle royal space is expanding
Back in March, PUBG creator Brendan Greene–the Playerunknown from the game’s title–said Fortnite is good for the battle royale genre overall.
“It’s great that the battle royale space is expanding and Fortnite is getting battle royale game mode in the hands of a lot more people,” he said, as reported by The Verge.
In 2017 PUBG was seen as the number one battle royale game, but now there’s an increasing awareness around Fortnite.
The game’s popularity was boosted to the moon, and it’s reportedly a money-making giant. It seems that according to the latest reports, the game brought in almost $300 million in revenue during April alone from its various microtransactions.