PUBG sues Epic over Fortnite similarities

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This is hardly the first time tensions have been raised between the two companies over Fortnite's battle-royal mode. "It was just a bit surprising and disappointing to see our business partner using our name officially to promote the game mode that is pretty similar to us and there was misunderstanding in the community that we're officially involved in the project".

Epic declined offer a comment for this story.

Though both games share a common lineage (being the film, Battle Royale), game genre progenitor PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite aren't identical games.

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Epic Games specifically stated PUBG as inspiration for Fortnite, and even went so far as referencing PUBG in promotional videos.

The report states that PUBG Corp is asking the Seoul Central District Court to determine whether or not Fortnite Battle Royale is a copy of PlayerUnkown's Battlegrounds.

PUBG introduced its game past year and it became a huge hit as players embraced the Hunger Games-style concept in which 100 players race to kill each other until there's a sole survivor.

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Fortnite challenges give players bonus experience and Battle Stars that they can use to rise to higher tiers of the Battle Pass mechanic, which lets them unlock cool new skins and various other rewards. The previous record of 3.3 million simultaneous players was set by PUBG. A spokesperson for PUBG Corp said the company filed the suit in order to "protect its copyright".

We've had an ongoing relationship with Epic Games throughout PUBG's development as they are the creators of UE4, the engine we licensed for the game.

Fortnite, though free to play, generated US$296m in April through selling in-game items, according to research firm SuperData. Analysts suggest the game generates more than $200m a month.

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