PUBG and Fortnite are two trendsetting games at the moment. While both share some similarities, they managed to coexist and stay out of each other harm’s way. Unfortunately, that’s not the case anymore as PUBG has dragged Epic Games to court in South Korea over alleged copyright infringement.
PUBG and Epic Games, two gaming giants, are going head to head in court.
PUBG filed a lawsuit in South Korea earlier this year, accusing Epic of copying “Fortnite” from “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” (PUBG)
A PUBG official told the Korea Times “We filed the suit to protect our copyright in January.” In hopes of stopping the alleged infringement, the company asked for an injunction at the Seoul Central District Court last Friday.
The report presents no details on the alleged infringements, but the lawsuit probably alleges Epic Games of copying specific Fortnite elements from PUBG.
PUBG had last year already hinted at a lawsuit accusing Fortnite of being very similar. So this new lawsuit should not come as a surprise.
While a lawsuit is currently brewing between these two gaming giants, they both have accused developers and users of other games of infringing their companies’ rights.
Epic Games has filed numerous copyright infringement lawsuits against cheaters over the past several months. PUBG has done the same as they recently filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the developer of the mobile games “Rules of Survival” and “Knives Out,” accusing them of copying particular elements from PUBG.
Additionally, PUBG cheaters get chased as earlier this month Chinese authorities informed that fifteen people had been arrested in connection with PUBG cheating.
The company commented on the news saying “We take cheating extremely seriously. Developing, selling, promoting, or using unauthorized hacking/cheating programs isn’t just unfair for others playing PUBG — in many places, it’s also against the law.”
Suing Epic Games over Fortnite is a game changer. With millions of players, it is a big fish to target.
Even if PUBG wins the lawsuit it will not spell the end of Fortnite as the game could probably survive with alterations or they both could agree to some settlement, in or out of court.