PUBG Corporation is suing Epic Games in Korean court, accusing them of copyright
infringement in Fortnite
for copying the battle royale genre which they did not
invent from PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
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Korean game developer PUBG, a subsidiary of Bluehole, has filed a copyright violation lawsuit against U.S.-based Epic Games,
asking a court to determine whether the latter's "Fortnite" was copied from the
former's "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds."
A PUBG official said Friday that the firm filed an injunction, alleging
copyright infringement, with the Seoul Central District Court against Epic Games
"We filed the suit to protect our copyright in January," said the official.
Released in July last year, "Fortnite," a first-person shooter (FPS) game, has
recently become popular around the world, threatening the popularity of
"Battlegrounds" that was a great hit in the global game market last year.
When "Fortnite" was first launched, the game only had the "Save the World" mode,
at which gamers build walls and defended it. 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
When the controversy flared in September, Bluehole said in a statement that the
firm was mulling ways on how to respond to the claims that core elements and UI
of the Battle Royale mode of "Fortnite" seemed to be similar to those of
The Korean firm added that it was regrettable that Epic Games, which was a
partner of Bluehole, had released a similar game.