Korean game developer PUBG Corp., the studio behind popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (aka PUBG) is suing the Korean arm of Epic Games, the studio behind the even more obscenely popular Fortnite. While many of its core concepts are indeed similar, it'd be hard to call it plagiarism.
"This is a measure to protect our copyrights", PUBG said, declining to provide further details. Now, Epic Games is introducing a new element to the survival madness, a vehicle.
The two companies have a complicated relationship.
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". The software is instrumental in building games and is the industry-standard for professional games developers.
This new suit is unusual because both companies are partly owned by technology giant Tencent. Both companies have released highly successful "battle royale-style" shooter games within the a year ago, with PUBG releasing several months ahead of Epic's Fortnite . The previous record of 3.3 million simultaneous players was set by PUBG.
On Tuesday, "PUBG" had around 27,000 viewers on streaming platform Twitch, about a tenth of "Fortnite's" 260,000.
"Fortnite" quickly surpassed "PUBG" in popularity and revenue.
The legal action comes as Epic Games is looking to expand Fortnite into Korea.
PUBG was released into early access in March of 2017, selling over 40 million copies online and an additional 4 million on console since that version's release in December of 2017. We still don't have any concrete information on how it moves, but it probably means that 1 player can push you around and both of you can achieve high speeds, white one shoots or is focused on shooting down enemies.