Epic games the Creator of Fortnite, a Battle Royale game is now alleged for copyright violation by PUBG Corp according to The Korea Times.
PUBG Corp filed the injunction against Epic Games Korea in January, alleging for copyright infringement.
The Seoul Central Court will decide whether the allegations are true, though no further details have been released concerning the topic.
When the controversy flared in September, Bluehole said in a statement that the firm was mulling ways on how to respond to the claims that core elements and UI of the Battle Royale mode of “Fortnite” seemed to be similar to those of Battlegrounds.
“We’ve had an ongoing relationship with Epic Games throughout PUBG’s development as they are the creators of UE4, the engine we licensed for the game,” Bluehole VP and executive producer Chang Han Kim said. “After listening to the growing feedback from our community and reviewing the gameplay for ourselves, we are concerned that Fortnite may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known.”
(source The Korea Times)
In September last year, a Bluehole representative clarified with PC GAMMER that it wasn’t Fortnite’s inheritance of the Battle Royale mode that was concerning.
“We just want to emphasize this is only a problem because Epic Games is the company that makes the engine we use and we pay a large number of royalties to them. And we had this business relationship and we had trust that we would be getting continued support, and we were looking forward to working more closely with them to get technical support, maybe develop new features.
“But our name was used to officially promote their game without our knowledge. There was no discussion. It was just a bit surprising and disappointing to see our business partner using our name officially to promote the game mode that is pretty similar to us and there was a misunderstanding in the community that we’re officially involved in the project.”
It’s unclear when court proceedings will commence, but stay connected for future updates.