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PUBG Corp files copyright lawsuit against Epic Games

Korean developer began proceedings in January, alleging Fortnite plagiarises PUBG

PUBG Corp. has filed a lawsuit against Epic Games, alleging that Fortnite plagiarises PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

According to The Korea Times, a PUBG Corp spokesperson said the company filed an injunction with the Seoul Central District Court against Epic Games Korea in January of this year.

Epic Games first attracted criticism from PUBG Corp. in September 2017 after deciding to launch a battle royale mode for Fortnite, seemingly to capitalise on the rampant success of PUBG over the months prior.

Officially filing the lawsuit is a bold move however, given that PUBG is built on the Unreal Engine, licensed from Epic Games.

Just last month, PUBG Corp. also filed a similar lawsuit against NetEase for alleged copyright infringement found in its two mobile battle royale titles, Knives Out and Rules of Survival.

Neither Epic Games nor PUBG Corp. were able to pass comment on the issue.

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Latest comments (2)

Dariusz G. Jagielski Game Developer 2 months ago
Where? Because the two games looks (and to some extent - plays) nothing alike. And as far as I know, you can't copyright a genre, otherwise Nintendo would be the only company allowed to make platformers.
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Jordan Lund Columnist 2 months ago
@Dariusz - To say nothing of the fact that the genre title "Battle Royale" is from a Japanese book and film...
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