Fornite vs. PUBG: PUBG Corp Drops Lawsuit Against Epic Games

The studio behind PUBG have dropped their lawsuit against the Fortnite team for undisclosed reasons.

PUBG Corp has withdrawn their lawsuit against Fortnite developer Epic games. 

According to a report by Bloomberg, the developers of PUBG have sent a letter of withdraw to Epic Games Inc’s lawyers in order to close the case that was filed in South Korea. While PUBG Corp and their legal representatives have confirmed that the lawsuit has been withdrawn, they have not issued a public statement regarding their reason behind withdrawing this lawsuit or whether it involves any compensation. 

As reported by the Korea Times, PUBG Corp filed an injunction against Epic in January related to the copyright infringement allegations. While it appears that the formal legal filings related to this case have only begun in the last few months, some of you may remember that the PUBG team first alleged last year that Epic had copied aspects of the company’s own battle royale game. Some felt that it was odd the PUBG team would levy such an accusation given that PUBG isn’t the first battle royale title, it turns out that the PUBG team’s claims go deeper than that. 

“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,” said Bluehole VP and executive producer Chang Han Kim. “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.”

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Bluehole, PUBG Corp’s parent organization, also stated that this matter isn’t simply related to Fortnite and PUBG belonging to the same genre of game but instead has to do with the working relationship between PUBG Corp and Epic. PUBG Corp finds it odd that the company would pay Epic royalties for the use of their game engine and that Epic would turn around and utilize aspects of PUBG and add them to Fortnite.

As noted by Bloomberg, both Epic and PUBG Corp are partially owned by Tencent Holdings Inc. Some believe that Tencent may have played a role in the decision to drop this lawsuit.