PUBG takes aim at Fortnite over alleged copyright violations

Florence Fletcher
May 29, 2018

PUBG was not the first battle royale game, but it was the culmination of years of experimentation from Greene modding other games.

PUBG, an affiliate of South Korean studio Bluehole, is suing the Korean unit of North Carolina-based Epic Games, arguing that its smash hit Fortnite copies numerous characteristics of its own PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

Fortnite has been a massive hit for publisher Epic, as the free-to-play title has taken over Twitch (with a little help from Drake and Thanos) and become insanely popular.

The game also sees up to 100 players land on an island, search for weapons and kill one another until one player is left standing.

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

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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. A spokesperson for PUBG Corp said the company filed the suit in order to "protect its copyright". When the new mode became available a year ago, vice-president of PUBG Corp. parent company Bluehole Chang Han Kim expressed concern over the new game mode copying PUBG, saying "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". 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.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds developer PUBG.

Both games have proved hugely popular.

Even more confusingly, The Gamer explains that both companies are owned - at the highest level - by Tencent, which is the world's largest investment corporation.

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