Brendan Greene aka Playerunknown literally created the genre of battle royale and integrated it in his dream project of a game called PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Following this when Fortnite introduced its very own battle royale mode in addition to its ‘Free the World’ mode which was frankly not doing too well. Red flags went up all around claiming that Fortnite had nicked PUBG’s idea.
According to a report by Korea Times, PUBG Corp has filed a lawsuit against Epic Games on grounds of copyright violation. The injunction was filed in January against Epic Games Korea and alleges copyright infringement. The matter of whether Fortnite’s concept has been copied from PUBG will be decided by the Seoul Central District Court, and there have been no further information regarding this at the moment.
The free-to-play battle royale mode on Fortnite was launched by Epic Games in last September and PUBG publisher Bluehole had commented on the similarities of the two in the same month itself.
Chang Han Kim who is Bluehole’s vice president and executive producer said, “We’ve had an ongoing relationship with Epic Games throughout PUBG’s development as they are the creators of UE4, the engine we licensed for the game. After listening to the growing feedback from our community and reviewing the gameplay for ourselves, we are concerned that Fortnite may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known.”
According to Bluehole, the company does not look forward to a lawsuit with Epic Games over the alleged copying of the ideas.
“We just want to emphasize this is only a problem because Epic Games is the company that makes the engine we use and we pay a large amount of royalties to them. And we had this business relationship and we had trust that we would be getting continued support, and we were looking forward to working more closely with them to get technical support, maybe develop new features.
Kim added, “But our name was used to officially promote their game without our knowledge. There was no discussion. It was just a bit surprising and disappointing to see our business partner using our name officially to promote the game mode that is pretty similar to us and there was misunderstanding in the community that we’re officially involved in the project.”