The creators of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, also known as PUBG have interposed a lawsuit against Epic Games, the creators of Fortnite , alleging the great similarities that exist between both games, although PUBG was available several months before the title created by Epic Games.
As they point out from, the Korean company Bluehole, mother of PUBG , decided to file the claim last January with the aim of protecting their copyright, referring to the game mode Battle Royale included in Fortnite, which according to the creators of PlayerUnknown’s would have been copied from his successful game.
It is evident that the success of Fortnite, launched in July of last 2017, quickly endangered the leadership of PUBG as the Battle Royale by excellence. At first, however, Fortnite did not have this game mode, and it was later when he decided to adopt it, according to Bluehole, copying some basic elements of the game and plagiarizing components of the user interface of PUBG.
According to Bluehole, Both companies have had a close relationship with the passing of the years , and Epic Games was a key piece in the development of PUBG. After all, they are the creators of Unreal Engine 4, the engine that gives life to the game. However, users soon realized the great similarities between both games, reporting to Bluehole the possible plagiarism on the part of Fortnite, to which the Korean company points out the following:
After listening to the growing comments 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 just want to emphasize that this is only a problem because Epic Games is the company that makes the engine we use and we pay them a lot of royalties. But our name was used to officially promote their game without our knowledge. There is no discussion.
We will have to wait until we see how this case ends, but it is clear that Bluehole is not exactly happy with the strategy carried out by the creators of Fortnite, and its partners when developing PUBG. Given the it is unknown when the judicial proceedings will begin in which it will be determined if Epic Games has plagiarized, or not, to PUBG. We will remain attentive to any news that comes to us about the case.