PUBG Suing Fortnite Over Copyright Infringement is the Definition of Pet

Sep 1, 2019 ignadvgt

first_imgStay on target The PUBG Corporation (a subsidiary of Bluehole Entertainment) is suing Epic Games in Korea for copyright infringement. The company claims Epic’s Fortnite: Battle Royale violates the copyrighted material of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. According to the Korean Times, the lawsuit was filed back in January of this year, but is only now becoming public knowledge. An official for the PUBG Corporation told the Korean Times that this lawsuit is “to protect our copyright.”As Erik Kain points out in his recent editorial on the matter, you can’t copyright a game mode or genre. If that was the case, there wouldn’t be as many games in shelves. Imagine if Super Mario Bros. laid claim to platformers, Tetris to puzzle games, or Contra to side-scrolling shooters. Going outside the realm of games, you don’t see movie studios suing each other for releasing similar films. This is why you’ll have multiple films based on volcanic eruptions or comets hitting the earth releasing at the same time without lawyers getting involved.If Fortnite clearly stole assets from PUBG then there would certainly be a case here. However, that isn’t happening. Not to slight PUBG, but it is one of the most bland and generic looking games out there. Hell, I’d go so far as to call it downright ugly. It looks like a game made for hardware from ten years ago. Visually, it is not appealing. On the other hand, Fortnite is an extremely distinctive game, with stylized characters, environments, and weapons. Speaking of weapons, PUBG features real-world guns found in countless other titles. Fortnite has both regular guns and exotic weapons. It’s obvious Fornite isn’t using any assets from PUBG.The other question is, why is Fortnite being singled out? GTA Online features Motor Wars, which is heavily inspired by battle royale. The upcoming H1Z1: Battle Royale lets you know right in the title what it’s all about. Let’s not forget that the new Call of Duty and Battlefield games will both contain a battle royale mode. Is the PUBG Corporation going to sue them as well? Where does this all end?Of course, what makes all of this truly silly is that PUBG itself is inspired by the Japanese movie, Battle Royale. In the film, Japanese teenagers must fight to the death until only one is left standing. Sounds pretty PUBG-ish, eh? Will we see that film’s owners sue the PUBG Corporation to “protect” their copyright? You can see how ridiculous this whole thing is.All of this reeks of lawyers having nothing better to do with their time. I don’t know how laws work over in Korea, but I would think this would be dismissed in court. It would be smart for the PUBG Corporation to drop this suit and focus on making its game better. Even a year after it launched as an early access title, it is filled with all manner of bugs and glitches. Not to mention the fact that it’s still visually unappealing. Perhaps if they make a stronger PUBG experience, it would regain the popularity it lost to Fortnite. Also, suing the company whose engine powers your game? You seriously need to rethink this, PUBG Corp.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsSwatting Attack Targets Fortnite World Champion last_img

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