PUBG ‘contemplates further action’ against Epic’s Fortnite battle royal mode

    
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Remember that whole ordeal earlier this week when Epic announced that next week’s Fortnite patch will be a free-to-play PvP-centric battle royal mode? PvE players were understandably miffed, given it’s an about-face on Epic’s original plan to focus on PvE instead of PvP, but they’re not the only folks mad: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer Bluehole has all but accused Epic of ripping off the mode, which Epic has previously said was inspired by PUBG as well as H1Z1.

In a press release this morning, Bluehole vice president Chang Han Kim says the company is “concerned that Fortnite may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known,” down to parts of the UI.

“We have also noticed that Epic Games references PUBG in the promotion of Fortnite to their community and in communications with the press. This was never discussed with us and we don’t feel that it’s right.”

He concludes by suggesting he’ll be “[contemplating] further action.” That’ll be an interesting day. Wonder what they’ll do with all the other games with such a mode? Anybody got a popcorn gif?

Source: Press release via VG247

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kgptzac

Oh wow that guy from Bluehole is so funny. Maybe “further action” is having PUBG having a building system? lol

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Vunak

This is rich. BHS the company that was actually convicted in Korea for exactly what they are blaming another company for and it was much worse in their case since they actually had all the original art assets and code from Lineage3 when it was being worked on at NCSoft and then became TERA.

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Tukuto

whut about all these “souls like” games putting UI stuff in the same place? no one was ever bothered about that.
isnt this just another genre at this point?
if yuu asked me id be pretty happy if i inspired people to make games like mine.

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Mewmew

I get why they’re concerned, Epic basically copied PUBG with Fortnite assets and then gave it away for free. Fortnite co-op players even refer to the PvP mode as Fortnite PUBG mode. And yet because they did use their own assets, there is nothing that can be done about it. Considering further action is all they can do if they don’t want to waste money and time.

Drawing attention to it like this wasn’t good though. There were a whole lot of people who had no idea how close the two games were, now they will know they’re basically the same except for the Fortnite version is free. They should have just ignored them as there’s nothing they can do for a company using their own assets. People copy each others modes and concepts all the time, and PUBG sure as heck didn’t invent Battle Royale.

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ceder

John “Totalbiscuit” Bain is even weighing in on all this silliness:

John Bain‏ @Totalbiscuit · 16h16 hours ago-

Here is the complete PR email from PUBG devs Blueholes in which they claim the ‘community
Is concerned https://pastebin.com/97aWn1zr

Lol… wut.

The only thing the community should be concerned about at this point is how much the VP had to drink before sending out this stupid thing

Blueholes PR firm now run by The Fine Bros it seems

(mocking their being like a “Kids React” video.)

If a dog barks at the moon, nobody blinks. If the moon barks back, the dog is famous. Grats to Fortnite for a ton of free publicity

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ceder

I hope Blizzard does it to them in wow. The mockery on top of mockery would be epic.

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socontrariwise

Not using someone elses brand in your commercial material is standard industry behavior. I would sue the hell out of anyone trying to ride on the brand you build as well. They do have their brand/name protected don’t they?
But the mode? I doubt they patented it …

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Robert Mann

James Howard is going to sue them all from the grave, from back in 1672. Or maybe General Thomas Perronet Thompson from the 1661-2 timeframe (battle royal instead of royale, but… meh?)

But never we mind that the concept has existed for longer than the concept of public domain…

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Robert Mann

Pubg sues Epic, then is sued by the last big arena style multiplayer shooter, which is then sued by Valve based on TF, which is then… you get the point.

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what-4

Well shoot, I mean Blizz sued the pants off of Trion for the whole “You are not in Azeroth anymore” adds for Rift, oh wait, they didnt. RIP.