Fortnite sued for 'copying' rival game PUBG

PUBG Corp. is suing Epic Games for Fortnite’s Battle Royale similarities

The battle royale genre itself is specific and new, but there's not really any new individual elements-the genre is just a successful remix of things that already existed, including last-man-standing modes, loot boxes, maps decreasing in size, etc. For example, game developers Epic Games created an innovative building function that is essential to how Fortnite is played.

Because the lawsuit has reportedly been filed in South Korea, it's unclear if any possible penalty against Fortnite would apply to the game outside that region.

They've already sued copycat mobile games, which is fair enough as they really are pretending to be PUBG, but despite sharing the same basic premise Fortnite is obviously a very different game. We still don't have any concrete information on how it moves, but it probably means that 1 player can push you around and both of you can achieve high speeds, white one shoots or is focused on shooting down enemies.

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According to the Korea Times, a PUBG official announced that an injunction was filed against Epic Games Korea in January and it will be down to the Seoul Central District Court to determine whether Fortnite "was copied" from PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. The previous record of 3.3 million simultaneous players was set by PUBG. The company is accused of copying PUBG's user interface and game items.

They are also built on the same underlying software framework, Epic's Unreal Engine 4, which provides the beneath-the-hood code that game developers flesh out with their own art and game logic. While Fortnite is free to download, players can buy cosmetic skins for weapons and characters. "Even once we implement every single one of the optimization opportunities listed above, we will keep looking for more chances to improve the game".

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