PUBG Sues Fortnite Founders for Copying Battle Royale

The gaming world is awash with players debating and comparing two of the major battle royale games right now, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (usually referred to as PUBG) and Fortnite, however, that could get much more intense in the future.

As of latest, the founders of PUBG have sued Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite, for allegedly copying their take on the battle royale formula, as per its filings in a South Korean court. “We filed the suit to protect our copyright,” the company said in a statement released to Korea Times. Fortnite developer Epic Games is yet to release its response to the lawsuit.

PUBG’s launch preceded that of Fortnite, being rolled out first in March 2017. Fortnite came much later in July of that year, though, its battle royale mode only came in September. However, as The Verge notes, PUBG makes use of Unreal Engine 4 which was created by Epic Games.

Player Count

The free-to-play Fortnite has also become more successful than its biggest rival, reaching a peak of 45 million total players back in January and 3.4 million concurrent players by February, which was a shade above PUBG’s highest total. It is also generating $300 million a month and has plans to go big in eSports, with prize pools totaling $100 million in its first year of competitive play.


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PUBG is no slouch by comparison, having generated north of $1 billion in sales to-date. Both games pride on their accessibility, being available on not only the usual gaming platforms (PUBG misses out on PS4) but also mobile, providing a fairly workable experience, which is why so much is at stake in this lawsuit.