According to a Reuters report, Krafton, the parent company of the PUBG, is suing Apple, Google and Garena for copyright infringement by the mobile battle royale game Free Fire. PUBG parent company Krafton is suing Apple, Google and Garena over copyright to Free Fire
PUBG: The “game structure, in-game items, gear and locations” of Battlegrounds have been replicated in the smartphone game, according to the South Korean company. While Garena is being sued for creating the game, Google and Apple are being sued for distributing Free Fire through their own app stores.
PUBG parent company Krafton is suing Apple, Google and Garena over copyright to Free Fire
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Free Fire and Free Fire Max are two games produced by Garena that are among the most popular in the battle arena mobile games category.
Krafton has filed a major lawsuit against these three companies in US court in California. Furthermore, Krafton has accused Google of hosting “many articles featuring a Chinese feature film that is nothing more than a blatantly infringing live-action dramatization of Battlegrounds,” as well as gameplay footage of these alleged copies.
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According to the article, Krafton initially asked Garena, Apple and Google to stop distributing the game in December. The company has filed a lawsuit in a California court to stop the game and recover “damage,” which it claims includes Garena’s earnings from the game’s sale.
According to the reports, Krafton has said the following:
“Free Fire and Free Fire Max extensively replicate many aspects of Battlegrounds, both individually and in combination, including Battlegrounds’ copyrighted unique game opening feature “air drop”, the game structure and gameplay, the combination and selection of weapons, armor and unique objects , locations and the overall choice of color schemes, materials and textures.”
This is not the first time Krafton has filed a lawsuit against a company for alleged plagiarism of its PUBG IP. Epic Games was sued by the company in 2018 for “many similarities” between PUBG and Fortnite. In the same year, it took action against Netease for two of its mobile games, Rules of Survival and Knives Out, for similar reasons. All three games are now available for download.
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