PUBG takes legal action against Fortnite dev Epic Games for copyright infringement

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The argument is that Fortnite substantially copied both user interfaces and items in its battle royale mode from PUBG, and the publisher is seeking an injuction against the game being released in Korea. There's no question there's been a fierce battle between the two most popular battle royale games here in the USA, with Fortnite now claiming the greater share of media attention and players, though both games have been wildly successful. Bluehole, PUBG Corp's parent company, said back in September when Fortnite's Battle Royale mode launched that it was mulling action.

Now the company behind PUBG is taking Fortnite's creators to court.

"This is a measure to protect our copyrights", PUBG Corp. told Bloomberg. In each game, players have to fight to become the sole survivor after being dropped off on an island with dozens of other players. They must scavenge for weapons, bandages, and other gear to survive, and the last player standing wins.

The most recent blog post talked about adding many objects to the game's buildings that reflect the culture the map is inspired by, which should give it a more lived-in feel missing from previous tests.

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"After listening to the growing feedback from our community and reviewing the gameplay for ourselves, we are concerned that Fortnite may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known".

They've already sued copycat mobile games, which is fair enough as they really are pretending to be PUBG, but despite sharing the same basic premise Fortnite is obviously a very different game. It's also now the most-watched game on Twitch and YouTube.

Epic Games has not publicly commented on the suit, nor on the fact that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is based on Epic's Unreal game engine.

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