NetEase threatens to sue everybody who cloned its battle royale clones

    
32

On Friday, we covered PUBG Corp’s lawsuit against NetEase, which alleges that the Chinese company has infringed PUBG’s copyrights in its overt battle royale clones – there’s a whole itemized list of concepts the Bluehole subsidiary claims it has copyrighted, everything from incapping to airdrops, which in the aggregate seem reasonable but individually are absurd.

So why not add some more absurdity? As MMO Culture reports, NetEase has responded by threatening to sue… everybody but PUBG Corp. According to the publication’s translation, NetEase has stated it will sue companies that copied and “twisted” its own “creative features” in Rules of Survival and Knives Out, thereby wounding the “originality market.” It does not specifically mention PUBG Corp, but one might assume the company has retaliation and defense in mind.

Source: MMO Culture
newest oldest most liked
Subscribe to:
Reader
Phone_Guy

The problem is that Player Unknown is an arrogant and self absorbed developer who had a good idea and believes that entitles him. He started off making a mod which arguably introduced the Battle Royal format. At some point he worked with H1Z1 but internal issues caused him to leave. Eventually he lands at his current studio and makes PubG. The problem though is that he believes that genre is something that can be contained or controlled. He has openly lashed out at games like Fortnight claiming they are piggy backing on the success of “his” genre without giving him credit. I wonder if he gives credit to TPS and FPS genre creators?

ultorius
Reader
ultorius

werent there a miilion games like pubg before it releases?could be wrong im not much of a shooter fan.Maybe Kalasnikov should get a lawyer and start lawsuits with every game that used his weapons likeness,or every other rifle manufacturer.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Patreon Donor
Loyal Patron
BalsBigBrother

I laughed at the bit that claimed copyright on specific guns like the tommy gun which are in turn based on real life guns that they do not own the copyright for, yeah sure. Some parts looked similar and others seemed to be a stretch so it could go either way, shrugs.

Reader
Michael

hahahaha

Reader
Weilan

This is especially funny to me as I tried Battle Royale and I hated it, I’m not interested in this fad one bit. It’s like the MOBA fad, the Hero shooter fad, the Asian WoW clones fad, the Korean Action MMOs fad… it will pass and it will die out in a few years.

Reader
primal

so funny, lawbreakers made boss key virtually broke, they made Radical Heights battle royale now there going spend the rest of there money on this finishing them off haha

Veldara
Reader
Veldara

Or, hear me out PUBG Corp, you can focus on improving your game by fixing your physics engine as well any other myriad of issues still plaguing your title.

Reader
A Dad Supreme

This is a really silly claim but I guess in the interests of “it’s gaming news”, I can’t fault anyone for covering it.

Just sounds like one of Donald Trump’s “I’m gonna sue you” empty threats or one that will easily be slapped down in court.

Reader
Sally Bowls

I don’t disagree but I would point that “easily be slapped down in court” is very different than “cheaply slapped down in court.” The Chilling Effect is that a few hundred thousand in legal fees won’t deter a EA, ATVI, Ten Cent but perhaps it can deter a small/indie.

Xijit
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Xijit

The second I read the PUBG news, I knew this was going to happen and that this is going to set off a chain reaction of cascading lawsuits that are going to fuck up the industry for a long time … the indie market is more than likely going to get killed outright as small teams will not have the financial muscle to survive constant lawsuits over frivolous shit.

Welcome to the Cellphone patent wars 2.0.

Reader
2Ton Gamer

How soon before we see more Sea of Thieves clones and then the ensuing lawsuits from that?

Reader
Michael

erm, clones would imply monumental success, pretty sure that game is the opposite…