The rivalry between South Korea’s Bluehole/PUBG Corp. and North Carolina-based Epic Games is highly evident. Fortnite’s arrival onto the battle royale scene took a good bit of market share from PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Now, PUBG Corp is taking Epic Games to court over the similarities between the two battle royale games.
Court: The newest battleground
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds last year as a 100-man deathmatch game styled after the book Battle Royale. The game’s wild success, naturally, led to imitators, copycats, and other games inspired by PUBG’s mechanics. One of those games is Fortnite, which has become more well-known for its Battle Royale mode than its original offerings. This newly-added Battle Royale mode took a huge chunk of PUBG’s player base. It also prompted PUBG Corp. to consider legal action against Epic Games back in September last year. Now, eight months later, PUBG Corp. has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in South Korea against the South Korean branch of Epic Games.
Why did PUBG Corp. wait so long to go after Epic Games? Imran Khan from Game Informer has an idea:
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