Fortnite sued for 'copying' rival game PUBG

by Lawrence Cooper May 31, 2018, 11:09
Fortnite sued for 'copying' rival game PUBG

When Fortnite: Battle Royale launched past year, PUBG parent company Bluehole called out similarities between the mobile game and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and implied legal action could follow.

This lawsuit is particularly interesting, and messy, for a number of reasons, including the fact that Epic and PUBG Corp. have an interesting relationship to begin with.

This isn't the first lawsuit PUBG Corp. filed against developers of Battle Royale games, but it's the most high-profile example.

So when Fortnite - a game about building shelters and fending off zombies - suddenly introduced a free-to-play battle royale mode, Bluehole was understandably concerned. But it seems the games' similarities might be a bit too close for comfort.

PUBG and Fortnite have competed for gamers' attention over the past several months, but now it appears the Battle Royale feud will be taken to the courtroom.

"Fortnite" and "PUBG" have been linked in the Battle Royale arena from day one.

Earlier this year, PUBG sued Netease for allegedly basing two mobile games - "Rules of Survival" and "Knives Out" - on the ideas behind "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds".

We reached out to Bluehole and Epic for comment and did not immediately hear back.

Vehicles have been a staple of the "Battle Royale" game genre since "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" launched in March 2017.

Both games have proved hugely popular.

PUBG a subsidiary of the Korean games company Bluehole Studio.

According to Bloomberg, PUBG has generated sales of up to $1.3 billion (£980m). Meanwhile, "Fortnite" is now the largest free-to-play console game of all time, and it's dominating PC and mobile as well. But we're also talking about a game with a magical floating bus and a surrealist, often Dali-esque world - it's entirely possible that these shopping carts come with propulsion.

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