PUBG Corp., the company behind PlayerUnknown’s Battleground, has filed a law suit against Epic Games over copyright infringement in Fortnite’s Battle Royale, Korea Times reports. The law suit was filed in the Seoul Central District Court against Epic Games Korea.
“We filed the suit to protect our copyright in January,” said the official.
Korea Times reports:
But in September, the firm added the free-to-play “Battle Royale” portion into the game, provoking a plagiarism controversy and allegations that it copied “Battlegrounds” items and user interface (UI).
PUBG Publisher Bluehole has had issues with Epic Games ever since Epic decided to release Fortnite Battle Royale. Epic first launched Fortnite with just the Save the World mode, later adding in a battle royale mode in September 2017 for free. Back in September, Bluehole GM said they were disappointed Epic Games decided to launch a battle royale game:
“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,” Bluehole VP and executive producer Chang Han Kim said. “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.”
The partnership between Epic and Bluehole gives Bluehole access to use Unreal Engine, Epic’s engine, to operate PUBG.
Back in September, a representative for Bluehole stated that they did not have an issue with Epic making a Battle Royale game, but rather, launching a similar game when the two companies were in a partnership.
“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.”
“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.”
It has not been announced yet when the court proceedings will begin.