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PUBG Corp. drops suit against Epic Games over Fortnite

By Shawn Knight · 4 replies
Jun 27, 2018
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  1. PUBG Corp. sent a letter of withdrawal to Epic’s attorneys on Monday and the case has since been closed according to the website of the local South Korean court system. PUBG Corp. and its lawyers confirmed the action with Bloomberg but didn’t cite a reason for dropping the suit or comment on whether or not a private settlement had been reached.

    Both firms are partly owned by Chinese media conglomerate Tencent, a fact that may have played into the suit’s dismissal. PUBG also uses the Unreal Engine 4, a game engine developed by Epic.

    PUBG developer Bluehole expressed concerns last September that Fortnite may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known for with its battle royale mode. This really riled up the gaming community, sparking debates regarding whether or not a game mode or play experience can be protected by copyright and thus, not interpreted and presented in other games.

    All of this is happening in the backdrop as PUGB, which skyrocketed in popularity late last year, has seen its player count dwindle significantly in recent months as rival Fortnite hits its stride. In April, Fortnite reportedly cleared $296 million in revenue from in-game purchases.

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  2. axiomatic13

    axiomatic13 TS Maniac Posts: 217   +155

    These two games are very different things. I still play both for different reasons.
     
  3. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,006   +3,492

    Wonder what happened behind the scenes. We may never know.
     
  4. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,808   +407

    There's really only so much replay-ability with battle royale games. There's really no reward.

    ...what, PUBG skins you say? You say you can sell skins on Steam? What!? You could have just not purchased the game in the first place and saved much more money!

    Fortnite skins, what a joke... the whole battle pass is a joke. I don't understand why people buy into it.

    If it doesnt effect stats or gameplay, it's just a skin... who the **** cares... arent we suppose to ignore skin (color)!? lmao
     
  5. ghostf1re

    ghostf1re TS Guru Posts: 414   +265

    I am burned out on this Battle Royale stuff. I used to like PUBG, but it just became boring for me. I could never get into Fortnite. It's just not for me. I thought this lawsuit was dumb from the beginning simply because the game runs on Unreal 4. I'm not sure how gaming license work in terms of using a companies gaming engine, but I wouldn't be surprised if Epic Games threatened to revoke their Unreal 4 license.
     

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