'PUBG' creators sue Epic Games over 'Fortnite' battle royale mode

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

This lawsuit is particularly interesting, and messy, for a number of reasons, including the fact that Epic and PUBG Corp. have an interesting relationship to begin with.

To add to the complexity of this case, PUBG actually runs on Unreal Engine 4, which is a suite of development tools made by Epic Games.

There's also no arguing that PUBG, which stands for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, came first. For example, game developers Epic Games created an innovative building function that is essential to how Fortnite is played.

The game also sees up to 100 players land on an island, search for weapons and kill one another until one player is left standing.




That said, evidence suggests the main source of conflict between the two game-makers isn't the actual battle royale mode itself.

PUBG confirmed it had applied for an injunction against Epic Games Korea in January.

Because the lawsuit has reportedly been filed in South Korea, it's unclear if any possible penalty against Fortnite would apply to the game outside that region. It will also address the way the game handles vehicles that are far away from the player as well as parked vehicles, which are now too demanding on players' systems.

According to Bloomberg, PUBG has generated sales of up to $1.3 billion (£980m).

Even more confusingly, The Gamer explains that both companies are owned - at the highest level - by Tencent, which is the world's largest investment corporation.

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