When Fortnite: Battle Royale launched last year, PUBG parent company Bluehole called out similarities between the mobile game and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and implied legal action could follow. Now it has.
The company behind PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has filed a lawsuit in South Korea against Epic Games, arguing that Fortnite's Battle Royale mode violates PUBG's copyright.
An official for PUBG Corporation told The Korea Times last week that the company actually filed the lawsuit in January to "protect our copyright."
Admittedly, the two games are extremely similar. In both PUBG and Fortnite, players drop into the game's map, and then run around gathering weapons and resources to defend themselves and take out fellow players. As the game drags on, the playable area shrinks— anyone outside of that area sustains damage, killing anyone who tries to avoid the fight. The goal of both battle royale-style games: be the last player standing.
While both games have enjoyed a great deal of popularity, Fortnite has dominated the pop culture sphere with its 40 million international users, leading rapper Drake to join Ninja on Twitch, breaking the platform's streaming record.