The Korea Times reports that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp. has filed a lawsuit against Fortnite developer Epic Games for copyright violation in Korea.
The suit has been filed with the Seoul Central District Court against Epic Games Korea to determine whether Fortnite‘s Battle Royale mode copied PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
“This is a measure to protect our copyrights,” a PUBG Corp. representative told Bloomberg when asked about the lawsuit.
Claims of copyright infringement first surfaced back in September, shortly after the launch of Fortnite‘s Battle Royale mode. At the time, Bluehole Studio VP and executive producer Chang Han Kim stated that “Fortnite may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known.”
“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,” Kim said at the time. “After listening to the growing feedback from our community and reviewing the gameplay for ourselves, we are concerned that Fortnite may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known.
“We have also noticed that Epic Games references PUBG in the promotion of Fortnite to their community and in communications with the press. This was never discussed with us and we don’t feel that it’s right. The PUBG community has and continues to provide evidence of the many similarities as we contemplate further action.”
It’s now up to the courts to decide whether Fortnite copied PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds or not.