PUBG Developer Drops Fortnite Lawsuit

PUBG Corp. and Epic Games' legal battle is apparently over.

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp. has dropped its legal case against Fortnite publisher Epic Games. According to Bloomberg, PUBG Corp. sent a letter of withdrawal to Epic Games' attorneys and the lawsuit--filed in South Korea, the home country of PUBG Corp. parent company Bluehole--is now closed.

PUBG Corp. opened proceedings against Fortnite in May for alleged copyright infringement. The exact reasoning for the lawsuit is unknown, but the PUBG developer had previously said it was "concerned that Fortnite may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known." The company stated it had "concerns" about Fortnite's UI, gameplay, and "structural replication" with regards to the similarities between PUBG and Fortnite.

To complicate matters further, Bluehole and Epic have an ongoing licensing agreement regarding the latter's Unreal Engine, which PUBG uses. In addition, both companies are part-owned by the same corporation, Tencent.

An Epic Games spokesperson told GameSpot the company would not comment on "ongoing litigation." PUBG Corp.'s representatives did not immediately respond.

In March, PUBG creator Brendan Greene said Fortnite is good for the battle royale genre overall. "It's great that the battle royale space is expanding and Fortnite is getting battle royale game modes in the hands of a lot more people," he said. We'll update if we hear more from Epic or PUBG Corp.'s representatives.

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June-GS

"...both companies are part-owned by the same corporation, Tencent." -- LOL, now that's retarded. For those who don't know, Tencent's from Red China, and it owns a little bit of everything now.

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so_hai

PUBG's lawyers must really have been thinking unclearly.

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Sam3231

Good riddance, both games suck.

Probably just a media stunt.

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Barighm

Don't bite the hand that feeds you.

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Thanatos2k

"That's a nice engine you're using, Pubg. Would be a shame if something happened to it."

-Epic

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santinegrete

Back to your blue hole :D

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PlaystationZone

So pubs are in the wrong with buggy game so that why drop lawsuit because they know they will lose. Epic games with there Fortnite is a true game.

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Ant_17

Wait, Bluehole is closed?

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DJSONIC

@Ant_17:

It was sort of badly worded/confusing. The text between the hyphen can be ignored, so it basically reads as follows:
"According to Bloomberg, PUBG Corp. sent a letter of withdrawal to Epic Games' attorneys and the lawsuit is now closed."

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Ant_17

@DJSONIC: Thanks.

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gamingdevil800

Ahahaha The Epic Games Attorney's probably basically said "We'll Destroy You, if you continue with this lawsuit" then Bluehole panicked realising they could be cut off from using the Unreal Engine.

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JIMDOG4442002

@gamingdevil800: Unreal engine is free

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so_hai

@JIMDOG4442002: But there's still a licence to use it isn't there? And there would be terms in there...

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JIMDOG4442002

@so_hai: There is a licence and term of use and most of the software that your able to download over the net free or not...

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gamingdevil800

@JIMDOG4442002: In terms of use there is usually a line stating they "have the right to withdraw the license agreement or deny use of service at their discretion" it's there to avoid being sued and to cover their asses. For instance YouTube has the right to deny you use of their platform at their discretion cause you agreed to it in the terms.

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alucardswrath

@gamingdevil800: Well they can always try to sue other competition. You know the saying " If you can't beat em, sue em"