Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Tech | By Tabitha Holland

Fortnite sued for 'copying' rival game PUBG

Fortnite sued for 'copying' rival game PUBG

And the publishers of the other big battle royale video game, Player Unknown's Battlegrounds, or PUBG, have been less than happy about it, making noises that they think they got ripped off.

Going forward, PUBG Corp. outlined three top priorities: performance, server-side optimisation, and cheating. Anyone who owns a copy of the game can download the PUBG: Experimental Server to play, or update their existing install if they have it from the previous test.

This is hardly the first time tensions have been raised between the two companies over Fortnite's battle-royal mode. The last person standing wins the match.

The issue itself is quite tricky in nature because the developers of both games are partners in business, and PUBG utilizes Epic Games' game engine.

Another week, another set of challenges that Epic Games has put up to challenge players to accomplish various objectives in Fortnite. Analysts suggest the game generates more than $200m a month.

Fortnite has eclipsed the once dominant PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds title, both in terms of mindshare and money. According to The Korea Times, the suit was originally filed in January with the Seoul Central District Court in Korea. However, there are a couple things to point out that may lead more credence to an alternative case. Epic Games didn't immediately respond to requests for comment. "The PUBG community has and continues to provide evidence of the many similarities as we contemplate further action". Similar to using copyrighted material in your own game, using another game's brand to promote your own is often something the other game's developer can sue you over. PUBG'S assets are generic war stuff, while Fortnite has made a real effort to stand out.

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