Everyone knew it was going to happen: PUBG has sued Epic Games. When Epic Games announced that Fortnite was going f2p and adding a battle royal mode, PUBG threatened them with litigation. Now, these threats have became a reality as PUBG officially files the lawsuit.
PUBG has put themselves in a very interesting situation with the lawsuit. PUBG and Epic Games aren’t merely two game studios. PUBG leases the Unreal Software, which is developed by Epic Games, in order to run its game. PUBG takes offence that Epic Games would create a battle royal game mode when a game of that type already exists and is running on Epic Games’ software. The last time a company that was licensed to use the Unreal Engine sued Epic Games, that studio, which had been in operation since 1992, went out of business.
PUBG, is both the name of the game and the name of the developers. They are headquartered out of South Korea and are a subsidiary of Bluehole. According to one source, the lawsuit was filed way back in January.
PUBG’s decision to sue Epic Games comes just before Epic begins a partnership with Neowiz Games to bring Fortnite to the Korean market. The details of the lawsuit are simple: they are seeking to have a court decide if Fortnite is a direct copy of PUBG or not. The lawsuit was filed at the Seoul Central District Court.
What is Battle Royal?
Battle Royal is a popular game mode that has taking the gaming community by storm. Players are parachuted onto a battleground where they will fight until only one player remains. In PUBG, players must scavenge the game map for weapons in order to arm themselves for battle; In Fortnite, the same concept of finding weapons exists, but it also has a Minecraft like building factor.