Epic Game’s Fortnite Sued By PUBG Makers Over ‘Copyright Violation’

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Even if the court rules in favor of PUBG, it is unlikely Fortnite will be shut down.

PUBG was first released in March 2017 and with the battle royale portion of Fortnite following closely in September 2017.

When Fortnite was released in July 2017, the game only had the player-versus-AI game mode, "Save the World". Since then, the shooter builder survival hybrid has become Battleground's biggest competitor and now it seems the rivalry has gone to new heights, with PUBG Corp. taking Epic Games to court over the two games similarities.

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"I don't feel like products in the same genre are cut-throat competitors at all, I think they're very complimentary and the work that we've done on Fortnite has benefitted PUBG and a huge array of other games", he continued. But it's unlikely to stay there forever.

An Epic Games representative said the shopping cart is expected to arrive this week, but declined to offer exact timing. Meanwhile, the last update from Epic Games had Fortnite peaking at over 3.4 million concurrent players, which the game hit in February. The company is accused of copying PUBG's user interface and game items.

The two companies have more in common than just a similar video game.

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They are also built on the same underlying software framework, Epic's Unreal Engine 4, which provides the beneath-the-hood code that game developers flesh out with their own art and game logic. One of the most popular streamers, Ninja, infamously switched from PUBG to Fortnite earlier this year. To attract more players across different platforms [VIDEO] both games have crossed over onto mobile devices which have increased the popularity of both.

According to Bloomberg, PUBG has generated sales of up to $1.3 billion (£980m). "PUBG" players have complained often about frame-rate problems and slowdowns, a critical flaw in shooter games that depend on an avatar's fast and fluid motion. It's also now the most-watched game on Twitch and YouTube.

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