PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) game creators have filed a lawsuit on popular Battle Royale game Fortnite, claiming they have “copied” their game. Bluehole Studios, the development team behind the former most popular Battle Royale game PUBG, is under a lot of hate since they are basically claiming that they invented the idea behind “Battle Royale”. Epic Games, the development team behind newly made and the world’s most popular Battle Royale game, Fortnite, has yet to respond publicly about the allegations.
PUBG vs Fortnite
PUBG launched in March of 2017, it quickly began attacking all sorts of people onto the island, the island where 100 players drop into an arena with nothing but the clothes on their skin, and yes, it was a fun form of entertainment for people to watch on platforms such as Twitch and YouTube. It quickly grew to one of the most talked about games around, for a bit of time, and is still very popular today.
Fortnite launched in July 2017, it is a sandbox base building defense game where you have to build a base to defend against zombie-like creatures and other monsters. Epic Games saw how well “PUBG” was doing at the time and decided they could make their own Battle Royale game mode, and they did that exact thing. It released in September of 2017 and took everyone by surprise soon becoming the world’s most popular and talked about game. Fortnite had the same core mechanics too, drop in, loot up, be the last man standing out of 100 players. It also had a completely different art style, theme, and certain mechanics of its own.
The Lawsuit & Allegations
A PUBG Corp officially said, “We filed the suit to protect our copyright in January.” This meaning that all the way back in January, they were attempting to sue Epic Games for “Copyright Infringement.” They’ve claimed that Fortnite has copied many things such as the idea of Battle Royale, and the way that the user interface (UI) is set up in the game. The Bluehole company has also claimed that Fortnite has copied many other things, such as the in game items and how they work.
PUBG did indeed popularize the idea of Battle Royale, but they also didn’t invent it, as a movie named “Battle Royale” made the genre what it is today, and did it first. So, the question still stands, will Fortnite lose the lawsuit for copying their Battle Royale genre? While Bluehole might not be able to claim Battle Royale as their own as many other games have done it before and are doing it now, the allegations of UI and in game items copying could be scary to face as the two development teams work using the same things. PUBG was built on the Unreal gaming engine, which was actually developed by Epic Games.
PUBG, has lost other lawsuits in the past, such as them claiming they made frying pans into a melee item in games and other games copied them. Looking at these new allegations vs Fortnite, it seems they want their spot back on top of the market, but Fortnite is free for anyone to play on almost every device, which is a hard market to beat. Hopefully everyone can can have fun playing the game that they enjoy most and no one has to be sued. These are more than serious allegations that Epic Games is facing, we’ll see how it turns out.