[click_to_tweet tweet=”PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer, PUBG.Corp has dropped its legal lawsuits against the publisher of Fortnite, Epic Games.” quote=”PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer, PUBG.Corp has dropped its legal lawsuits against the publisher of Fortnite, Epic Games.”] According to Bloomberg, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer, PUBG.Corp has dropped its legal lawsuits against the publisher of Fortnite. On May 2018, PUBG.Corp opened proceedings against Fortnite for alleged copyright infringement with concerns to the way the game’s gameplay, UI, and structural replication mimicked to those of which PUBG had. In addition to that, PUBG Corp. also sued China’s Netease Inc. for similar reasons, this time for games like Rules of Survival and Knives Out.
Game industry watchers are left with questions due to the move from PUBG Corp. but there have been many speculations as to why they did this. One reason being that Fortnite doesn’t exactly copy Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds in terms of graphics, with the former being a more cartoon looking game, nor does it have similar audio assets.
It is still unclear as to why this all happened, but a spokesperson from Epic Games said that they will not be releasing further comments with respect to the scenario. Representatives from PUBG Corp. have yet to respond regarding the issue.
PUBG Corp and Epic Games both share a major investor, Tencent Holdings, and this only complicates matters further due to the fact that they both use the Unreal Engine, a game development technology licensed by Epic Games. However, despite all the allegations that were thrown at them, Fortnite still continues to grow into the largest Battle Royale game even surpassing PUBG in revenue.