PUBG Corp sues Epic over Fortnite copyright infringement

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The lawsuit wants a court to decide if Fortnite, or at least aspects of it, such as the UI or in-game items, were copied from PUBG.

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Chang Han Kim, Vice President and Executive Producer for Bluehole Inc.

The Korean Times reports that the PUBG Corp., developers of "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds", targeted the Korean subsidiary of Cary-based Epic, and is seeking an injunction from the Seoul Central District Court. "The PUBG community has and continues to provide evidence of the many similarities as we contemplate further action". Bluehole, PUBG Corp's parent company, said back in September when Fortnite's Battle Royale mode launched that it was mulling action. PUBG began its life as a mod of Arma 3 and was preceded by a similar offering in H1Z1: King of the Kill.

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Because the lawsuit has reportedly been filed in South Korea, it's unclear if any possible penalty against Fortnite would apply to the game outside that region.

The thing is that Epic Games can nearly certainly retaliate by scrutinising the details of their licensing agreement with Bluehole for Unreal Engine 4, on which PUBG is built. One thing that is certain, however, is that Epic definitely has the cash to withstand any lingering fines or legal fees. We have covered yesterday about leaks on the season 4 week 5 Fortnite Battle Pass Challenge list, so do check it out if you want to prepare before diving into the fight.

On Tuesday, "PUBG" had around 27,000 viewers on streaming platform Twitch, about a tenth of "Fortnite's" 260,000. We can totally understand PUBG Corp's decision though, given how close the two games are. Let us know in the comments section below!

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