The developer of PUBG has filed a lawsuit against the Fortnite creator on the grounds of copyright infringement.
The Korean-based PUBG Corp. has filed the lawsuit on the grounds that Fortnite is copying aspects of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
The lawsuit was filed back in January, and a PUBG Corp. representative told the Korea Times, “We filed the suit to protect our copyright.” It isn’t clear precisely on what grounds the lawsuit was filed, whether it was for a more general concept or for specific aspects of the experience.
In a press release from September of 2017, PUBG Corp, stated that there were “growing concerns.” Particularly “regarding the similarities between the battle royale mode in Epic Games’ newly revealed Fortnite and PUBG.”
The developer raised concerns that “User Interface (UI), gameplay, and structural replication in the battle royale mode exist.”
The two studios previously had a business relationship: Epic licensed the Unreal Engine for use in Battlegrounds.
The game’s creator, Brendan Greene, said in March “It’s great that the battle royale space is expanding and Fortnite is getting battle royale game mode in the hands of a lot more people,” as reported by The Verge.