It’s happening. Following Bluehole’s (now PUBG Corp.) previous statement, the company is now taking Fortnite developer, Epic Games, to court over copyright infringement… over a game mode.
Back before Bluehole rolled out PUBG Corp. to handle the development of their popular battle royale game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), the Korean developer expressed concern over Epic Games’ own battle royale game, Fortnite Battle Royale, saying that they’d be “looking into” further action against the developer.
Initially it seemed that they were worried that Epic Games, who also develops the Unreal Engine which both games are built upon, would further develop the engine to benefit Fortnite‘s Battle Royale mode, leaving PUBG by the wayside, which made sense. However now it seems PUBG Corp. are taking fault at the developer using the battle royale game mode as the basis for their game.
PUBG Corp. is currently in talks with the Seoul Central District Court, where the lawsuit was filed, as to whether or not the similarities between PUBG and Fortnite Battle Royale are enough to constitute copyright infringement. The suit, according to Korean Times was filed back in January.
It seems PUBG Corp. is currently on the offensive on any battle royale game as it took NetEase, the creator of both Knives Out and Rules of Survival, to court over the similarities between those and PUBG.
I guess Fortnite‘s growing success is becoming a bit of a threat to PUBG which continues to be an unstable mess, at least on consoles, whereas Fortnite is a much more enjoyable and stable title. Though rather than working on making the game better, they’d rather attempt to take out the competition.
What do you think about this whole situation? Does PUBG Corp. have a right to protect their IP, or is claiming ownership over a game mode a bit daft? Leave a comment below!