The companies behind the two biggest battle royale video games are about to see who’s the last man standing in court.
PUBG Corp., developer of “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” and subsidiary of Bluehole Inc., is suing the Korean unit of “Fortnite” developer Epic Games. In a lawsuit filed in South Korea, PUBG accuses Epic of copyright infringement..
“This is a measure to protuct our copyrights,” a PUBG representative. This isn’t the first time PUBG Corp has accused Epic Games of copying its designs on Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), this is not the first time PUBG Corp. has sued over copyright infringement. It filed a suit back in April against mobile developer NetEase, claiming two of its titles — “Rules of Survival” and “Knives Out” — copied ‘PUBG’s’ gameplay.
This new suit is unusual because both companies are partly owned by technology giant Tencent. “PUBG” is also built on Unreal Engine technology, which is owned by Epic Games.
PUBG for the increasingly more popular Fortnite Battle Royale. The corporation filed an in injunction in January against Epic Games Korea. Epic Games is now accused of copying PUBG Corp’s weapon designs as well as the user interface from PUBG. While both games employ similar game play traits-Fortnite Battle Royal and PUBG both drop 100 players into a map and make them battle it out until only one person, or one team, is left standing—there are some notable differences between PUBG and Fortnite Battle Royale.
Fortnite encourages players to build forts and craft items in order to defend themselves and better their attacks, while PUBG hasn’t incorporated any building skills in the game at this point.
Fortnite has continued to grow in popularity. Epic’s Battle Royale mode launched in September 2017, just a few months after Fortnite’s initial launch in July of that year. Fortnite remains the most watched game on Twitch, according to analytics site Twitch Metrics, averaging an impressive 187,000 viewers in may. PUBG, however, only averaged an approximate 52,000 viewers this month: a 9 percent decrease in viewership. Even streamers like Dr DisRespect have called out the player base jumping from PUBG to Fortnite.