Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
IT | By Emmett Cole

The makers of PUBG are suing the makers of Fortnite

The makers of PUBG are suing the makers of Fortnite

In the game, 100 players are dropped onto a desert island with nothing more than the shirts on their backs.

Fortnite has been a massive hit for publisher Epic, as the free-to-play title has taken over Twitch (with a little help from Drake and Thanos) and become insanely popular.

The aim of the suit is to stop NetEase from selling its battle-royale games altogether.

Now the company behind PUBG is taking Fortnite's creators to court.

The makers of Fortnite, one of the world's most popular video games, have been accused of copying rival title PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG). The last person standing wins the match. In a press release issued in September, Chang Han Kim, vice president of PUBG publisher Bluehole, said that the company was anxious that Fortnite was copying PUBG, stating that Bluehole was "concerned that Fortnite may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known".

They've already sued copycat mobile games, which is fair enough as they really are pretending to be PUBG, but despite sharing the same basic premise Fortnite is obviously a very different game.

"To remove each and every version of the games 'Rules of Survival, ' 'Knives Out, ' and similarly infringing games, from distribution and to cease developing and supporting those games", the suit says.

Behind the scenes, the two companies have an existing business relationship as PUBG is built on the Unreal gaming engine, which was developed by Epic Games. The two games are of the same genre, and therefore definitely have some similarities-but, it's pretty hard to make the case that one game is "stealing" from another (Read a similar case here, which delves into the Paladins vs. Overwatch vs. Global Agenda vs. Team Fortress conundrum).

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