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PUBG Developers ‘Contemplating Action’ Against Epic Games for Fortnite’s Similarities

| September 22, 2017

PUBG Developers 'Contemplating Action' Against Epic Games for Fortnite's Similarities News PC Gaming  PUBG PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Fortnite

An offshoot game mode of Fortnite that apes the popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has prompted a response from Bluehole Inc.  The company recently issued a statement regarding the community concern about the similarities between Fortnite and PUBG.

In a press release from the company, they describe an ongoing relationship with Epic Games in which they license the Unreal Engine 4.  However, Bluehole says that they are concerned that Fortnite “may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known.”

The press release also states that “The development team for PUBG has no relationship to Fortnite’s development as concerns around User Interface (UI), gameplay and structural replication in the battle royale mode exist.”   The company also lodges complaints against Epic Games in that they’ve used references to PUBG in their promotion of the game which is set to arrive as a free download in the near future. 

Chang Han Kim of Bluehole claims that the developers of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds may be looking to take action against Epic for these reasons.  “The PUBG community has and continues to provide evidence of the many similarities as we contemplate further action.”

What this further action is is anyone’s guess.  Could Bluehole be gearing up for a legal battle with Epic Games?  The wording of their recent statements certainly sound like it.  The popularity of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is undeniable, but this game is certainly not the first of its kind.

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  • All Seeing Eye

    This is ridiculous, this game basically copies a bunch of other games that came before it and now they are butthurt when someone else comes along and makes something similar.

  • Facts First

    Still can’t wait for this Xbox exclusive.

    • Bilal Prince-Ali

      console LAUNCH exclusive***

      NOT exclusive lool

      • Zettabytes

        You are both wrong. At this point no one knows whether it’s a console exclusive or a timed exclusive.

        “PUBG’s community manager was asked on Twitter today if the game is 100 percent exclusive on console to Xbox One, but there was no confirmation one way or the other.

        https://www.gamespot.com/articles/pubg-sounds-like-it-may-not-be-xbox-one-exclusive-/1100-6452686/

        • Bilal Prince-Ali

          EXACTLY!!! If the game was exclusive you reallllyyyy think MS with all their bad press for not having exclusives and how harrrddd they stretch to using the word “Exclusive” at every given opportunity WOULDN’T ABSOLUTLY MAKE A SONG AND DANCE ABOUT THIS GAME BEING EXCLUSIVE IF IT WAS!!!??? Mate gimme a break. you’ve actually got to be just stupid or just superrr wishful thinking! lool

          Of course theres not gonna be no confirmation because theres obviously a deal in place to launch exclusively on Xbox One FIRST! so all marketing is and development will be shown off for Xbox and Xbox Only!

          Are you guys really this dumb! Are you forgetting the LITERAL SAME THING happening when Rise of the Tomb Raider came out last year as a ‘Console Launch Exclusive” and when the devs kept being pressed about if the game will make its way to PlayStation and they kept on stating they wont comment on anything and kept offering no confirmation and kept on reminding us how the games on Xbox! its LITERALLY how these times exclusive contracts work! Any mention of rival companies from PUBG is an automatic breach of contract and they can be sued!

          Like are you people realllyy this dense!? loool

        • Bilal Prince-Ali

          EXACTLY!!! If the game was exclusive you reallllyyyy think MS with all their bad press for not having exclusives and how harrrddd they stretch to using the word “Exclusive” at every given opportunity WOULDN’T ABSOLUTLY MAKE A SONG AND DANCE ABOUT THIS GAME BEING EXCLUSIVE IF IT WAS!!!??? Mate gimme a break. you’ve actually got to be just stupid or just superrr wishful thinking! lool

          Of course theres not gonna be no confirmation because theres obviously a deal in place to launch exclusively on Xbox One FIRST! so all marketing is and development will be shown off for Xbox and Xbox Only!

          Are you guys really this dumb! Are you forgetting the LITERAL SAME THING happening when Rise of the Tomb Raider came out last year as a ‘Console Launch Exclusive” and when the devs kept being pressed about if the game will make its way to PlayStation and they kept on stating they wont comment on anything and kept offering no confirmation and kept on reminding us how the games on Xbox! its LITERALLY how these times exclusive contracts work! Any mention of rival companies from PUBG is an automatic breach of contract and they can be sued!

          Like are you people realllyy this dense!? loool

    • Bilal Prince-Ali

      console LAUNCH exclusive***

      NOT exclusive lool

  • Tobias Spears

    Oh lord Battleground devs are feeling themselves just a bit too much. If they can go after Fortnite then Doom devs can go after COD and Battlefield or R* can go after Saints Row and Nintendo can sue all platform devs and the ridiculousness is endless. Just enjoy your popularity and leave other devs alone Playerunknown. Geez

    I bet the Xbox fanboys and the Xbox community told them to do this because Xbox needs an exclusive to help them sell units. Fortnite Battle Royale is actually better than PUBG after playing it imho

  • Barry Harden

    Bluehole is becoming stupid. They made the mistake of signing a timed exclusivity with XBox and now they’re shitting their pants knowing Fortnite will have a fun Battle Royale game on the Biggest console platform in the world: PS4.

    You reaped what you sow Bluehole.

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