PUBG Corp files lawsuit against Fortnite maker Epic Games
Epic Games, the maker of the popular game Fortnite, is reportedly facing a copyright violation lawsuit from PUBG Corp, the creator of rival title PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG).
According to the BBC, PUBG Corp asked a court in South Korea to determine whether Epic Games copied its intellectual property in the making of the game Fortnite.
PUBG Corp is alleging that Fortnite copied elements of PUBG’s interface and some of its in-game items.
According to the Korea Times, a PUBG official said the firm filed an injunction, alleging copyright infringement, with the Seoul Central District Court against Epic Games Korea.
“We filed the suit to protect our copyright in January,” the official reportedly said.
PUBG, released in March 2017, is a “battle royale” game in which up to 100 participants parachute on to an island eliminating opponents to try and win by being the last man standing. Fortnite added its battle royale mode last September.
The two games have become extremely popular, but some analysts suggest Fortnite’s popularity is growing at a faster rate than its rival PUBG.
Fortnite set a world record with 3.4 million people playing the game at once – a record which was previously held by PUBG when it reported 3.3 simultaneous players.