Riddle me this, riddle me that, what once was copyright violation is now retracted back. That’s right, PUBG Corp has dropped its copyright lawsuit against Fortnite creators Epic Games. The lawsuit was filed about a month ago but nothing was really known about it other then it was about copyright infringement.
The lawsuit that was filed only in South Korea came after Fortnite‘s Battle Royale game mode, which was announced a year ago. Fortnite was recently introduced to the Korean gaming market, and both PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite have mobile versions. PUBG‘s executive producer Chang Han Kim said he was concerned Fortnite was “replicating the experience for which PUBG is known”. That’s kind of funny, seeing as PUBG uses assets from Epic Game’s Unreal Engine 4, and recently released new content involving an “event pass”. The event pass is very similar to Fortnite’s battle pass, in which players reach levels on the pass to unlock cosmetic items by doing missions or challenges.
While it was confirmed that the lawsuit has been dropped, it has not be revealed as to why it was or if a settlement had been reached between the two parties. Tencent Holdings Ltd., multinational social media and gaming conglomerate giant, is a part owner of both game titles in the Asian market. I’m not sure if that had anything to do with the lawsuit being retracted, but no one really knows anything about this case at the time of writing.
PUBG‘s popularity has slowly been falling, while Fortnite‘s continues to grow. Now with the other new “popular” battle royale game Realm Royale, will PUBG’s popularity decrease even more? Probably not, as hardcore fans who love PUBG‘s gameplay will stick it out, and the event pass update will keep them coming back for more.
I kind of feel that with the introduction of the event pass in PUBG, Bluehole felt they needed to drop the lawsuit. But that’s just my lowly opinion.
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