It was previously reported that PUBG Corp, creator of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, was filing a lawsuit against Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite. Now it seems that the two titans of Battle Royale games won’t be going to court after all.
Ties are evidently possible in a Battle Royale
Last month, PUBG Corp went after Fortnite Battle Royale in a copyright infringement lawsuit. The South Korea-based company filed the lawsuit against the South Korean branch of Epic Games. This could have wound up being a very major legal battle. However, last Monday, PUBG Corp sent a letter of withdrawal to Epic Games Korea. The lawsuit’s cancellation was officially announced by PUBG Corp to Bloomberg. PUBG Corp did not say why they dropped the lawsuit or if they reached a settlement.
Although no official reason has been given, there are a few possible reasons the lawsuit ended this way. It has been pointed out that the Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. partially owns both companies. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds also runs on Unreal Engine technology, provided by Epic Games. It’s pure speculation at this point, but those details might offer some clues as to the lawsuit’s cancellation.
PUBG Corp’s attempt to go after the biggest chicken dinner possible has caused some displeasure, however. Players have gone onto social media displeased over PUBG Corp’s overly litigious nature. A previous incident punctuates these complaints. Back in April, PUBG Corp sued Chinese gaming giant Netease over their mobile games Rules of Survival and Knives Out. This is another of several issues PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is facing as of late. PUBG Corp’s is still open, but the company and game that defined a genre might soon be surpassed by those it inspired.
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