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Royale Truce: 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' Parent Company Drops 'Fortnite' Copyright Lawsuit

The basic concept of the battle royale genre is simple. Up to 100 players descend on a map, scramble to collect resources and then fight until one survivor remains. But it seems PUBG Corp. isn't willing to commit to those stakes, because the company has dropped a copyright lawsuit it filed in South Korea against Epic Games over allegations that Fortnite: Battle Royale ripped off PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG).

PUBG Corp. filed the lawsuit in May after Fortnite continued to rise in popularity. Epic Games has said that more than 125 million people are playing its take on the battle royale genre and previously committed to putting up $100 million to support the game's burgeoning esports scene. The lawsuit appeared to be a way for PUBG's parent company, Bluehole, to allege that Fortnite borrowed (or stole) many of its conventions.

It's not hard to spot the similarities. Both require people to fight to the death after crash-landing on an island where a fatal threat (toxic gas in PUBG and a storm in Fortnite) forces people to move to specific parts of the map or perish. The games also have their differences, mostly when it comes to tone, presentation and PUBG's lack of a building element. However, Fortnite's battle royale mode was developed after PUBG became a hit.

Bloomberg reported that PUBG Corp. withdrew its lawsuit earlier this week. It's not clear why--there hasn't been any news of a settlement. Perhaps the companies' ties have something to do with it. PUBG Corp.'s parent company and Epic Games have a common investor in Tencent, a Chinese gaming juggernaut, and PUBG was built using Epic's Unreal Engine. If companies are people, this was a very public family dispute.

The news of the lawsuit's withdrawal arrived shortly after PUBG released a new map called Sanhok, which is much smaller than the game's previous locales, inspiring a pace of play more similar to Fortnite than before. PUBG also introduced an Event Pass that offers in-game cosmetics to people who purchase it and complete specific challenges--something Epic Games already offered in Fortnite with the seasonal Battle Pass.

That's right. Weeks after a lawsuit claimed Fortnite was too similar to PUBG, PUBG started to become more like Fortnite. If that can help PUBG Corp. stem its losses and make even more money, well, maybe it's better to let bygones be bygones and keep things out of the court room. After all, what's a little idea-sharing between family?

  • Matt_550
    Of course they did since they ripped of Fortnite's paid pass idea. Check PUBG's reviews on Steam. Getting pretty ugly.
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  • gggplaya
    It's because the lawsuit wouldn't hold up in court. They knew they were going to lose.
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  • butremor
    "Weeks after a lawsuit claimed Fortnite was too similar to PUBG, PUBG started to become more like Fortnite."
    This is just not correct, Sanhok map was in development months before the lawsuit and Passes are in the other games too long before.
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  • valeman2012
    Not to note Fortnite decided to steal a popularized idea by PUBG first. They got trolls coming over from Fortnite and spamming the PUBG forums.
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  • DerekA_C
    The way I see it fornite is optimized and pubg devs lie about optimizing it and keep finding new way to suck money from its current client base they are feeling more and more like the old EA.
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  • captaincharisma
    21093252 said:
    PUBG Corp. has dropped a copyright lawsuit it filed against Epic Games alleging that 'Fortnite' ripped off 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.'

    Royale Truce: 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' Parent Company Drops 'Fortnite' Copyright Lawsuit : Read more

    21093607 said:
    Of course they did since they ripped of Fortnite's paid pass idea. Check PUBG's reviews on Steam. Getting pretty ugly.

    if that's true and i seen the reviews too then why still charge for the game when all they do now is let you continue to pay for stuff in the game?

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  • Matt_550
    21096394 said:
    21093252 said:
    PUBG Corp. has dropped a copyright lawsuit it filed against Epic Games alleging that 'Fortnite' ripped off 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.'

    Royale Truce: 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' Parent Company Drops 'Fortnite' Copyright Lawsuit : Read more

    21093607 said:
    Of course they did since they ripped of Fortnite's paid pass idea. Check PUBG's reviews on Steam. Getting pretty ugly.

    if that's true and i seen the reviews too then why still charge for the game when all they do now is let you continue to pay for stuff in the game?

    Because they are trying to make money and PUBG only has the Battle Royal mode. It's a one trick pony and they are just trying to bleed their users to death having them buy the game, keys to open crates, and now the Pass. Fortnite has more content you have to pay for as of right now, its suppose to be free on the 1st anniversary of the game or around that time. But the Pass will probably still be part of the game as it is the only other place they have setup to make money. So the Battle Royal mode is more of a demo for the game.
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