PUBG Corporation is Taking Epic Games to Court for Copyright Infringement

Noel Cummings
May 29, 2018

As two of the most popular streamers on Twitch, Shroud and Dr DisRespect attract tens of thousands of viewers every time they go live with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds most often their game of choice.

The idea that a company can be sued for having the same game mode seems pretty ludicrous - imagine if id Software sued everyone that included a Deathmatch mode - but Bluehole are also alleging that Fortnite copied specific elements of PUBG's user interface and some of its items.

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This is hardly the first time tensions have been raised between the two companies over Fortnite's battle-royal mode. After it launched, "PUBG" publisher Bluehole said it was contemplating "further action" against Epic for "replicating the experience for which "PUBG" is known". There was no discussion.

Of course, it isn't hard to see why PUBG Corp. and Bluehole are concerned about Fortnite.

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"PUBG", which launched in March 2017, is a competitive online game where 100 players are dropped onto a map and forced to scavenge weapons and equipment while fighting each other.

PUBG Corp.is also claiming that NetEase intentionally misled consumers into believing that its games were related to "PUBG". More than half of Fortnite watchers were tuned in to popular streamer Ninja, a former PUBG player who ditched it for Fortnite earlier this year. This may refer to perceived similarities in the game's user interface and they could even be trying to push that the game mode has too many direct similarities, though would struggle to argue this in court when there is an very bad lot of prior material relating to Battle Royale, from previous games to films and beyond. Is that too much to ask?

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Sanhok is coming back for a fourth round of testing on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds experimental server on PC.

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