Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Industry | By Kenny Hampton

'PUBG' creators sue Epic Games over 'Fortnite' battle royale mode

'PUBG' creators sue Epic Games over 'Fortnite' battle royale mode

The two had shared an "ongoing relationship", according to Producer Chang Han Kim, due to PUBG being developed using Epic's Unreal Engine and that Fortnite's battle royale mode came after collaborative work between the companies.

Going forward, PUBG Corp. outlined three top priorities: performance, server-side optimisation, and cheating.

The idea that a company can be sued for having the same game mode seems pretty ludicrous - imagine if id Software sued everyone that included a Deathmatch mode - but Bluehole are also alleging that Fortnite copied specific elements of PUBG's user interface and some of its items.

The lawsuit, filed in time with Fortnite's release in Korea, was likely a move by PUBG to retain a large portion of South Korea's market share for the BR genre.

The companies behind two of the world's most popular video games are squaring off in court. It's also now the most-watched game on Twitch and YouTube. Still, doing things like outright lifting audio files from an existing game to make your own remains highly illegal.

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The makers of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds haven't been happy about Fortnite Battle Royale ever since it started. The last person standing wins the match.

Epic declined offer a comment for this story.

He continued: "We have also noticed that Epic Games references PUBG in the promotion of Fortnite to their community and in communications with the press". 'Although we've made some meaningful improvements to PUBG, we've fallen short in other ways, ' the development team admit in a note to gamers outlining planned improvements.

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.

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