PUBG Corp. sues Epic in a copyright battle between PUBG & Fortnite


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PUBG Corp. (of PUBG) has filed a lawsuit against Epic Games (of Fortnite: Battle Royale), with the former claiming the latter violates copyright.

The Korea Times reports that PUBG Corp., a subsidiary of Bluehole, filed an injunction against Epic Games at a Korean court back in January, at the same time Epic began preparations to bring Fortnite: Battle Royale to the Korean market.

“We filed the suit to protect our copyright in January,” a PUBG Corp. representative confirmed, though no further information was given.

Back in September last year, Bluehole CEO Changhan Kim voiced concerns over Fornite: Battle Royale, saying Epic Games was privy to PUBG‘s development.

“We’re going to get some technical support [from Epic Games], and we’re going to work with them to make sure Unreal Engine better supports battle royale gameplay which requires 100 people in one session, and now we’re starting to have concerns that they’re going to develop new features or improve something in the engine to support that battle royale gameplay, and then use it for their own game mode,” Changhan said.

“This is not about the battle royale game mode itself,” he continued. “There were other BR game modes earlier this year that were released, like last man standing or GTA 5’s battle royale game mode, and we never raised an issue, and I think it’s great that there’s more competition and everyone should be able to create their own battle royale game mode, and it’s not about the idea itself, it’s about Epic Games.”

We’ll have more on the copyright lawsuit as it’s made available.

PUBG is available now on Windows PC, Xbox One, iOS and Android. Fortnite: Battle Royale is available on Windows PC, Xbox One, PS4 and iOS.