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PUBG drops Fortnite copyright lawsuit

28/06/2018

Korean company PUBG, a subsidiary of Bluehole, has dropped its lawsuit against Fortnite makers Epic Games. While Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds soared in popularity last year, Epic Games introduced its own battle royale mode in Fortnite with similar features all built on the same Unreal Engine 4 that was created and licensed by Epic Games.

Bloomberg reports that the lawsuit has been dropped, PUBG developer Bluehole previously revealed it had “growing concerns” about the similarities between the two games, and it’s a battle that seemed to be boiling over into the courts with this lawsuit.

Both Epic Games and PUBG developer Bluehole are part-owned by Tencent Holdings, and Tencent has reportedly been nearing a deal to increase its PUBG investment to 10 percent. While it’s unlikely a copyright infringement accusation could complicate that deal, the lawsuit would be difficult to prove and win particularly when Fortnite has copied PUBG’s ideas and not necessarily its content.

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