Both titles are hugely successful "battle royale" games.
No further details are available at this time, with The Seoul Central District Court now left to determine whether or not Fortnite has plagiarised PUBG in any shape or form. Fortnite was initially unveiled as a single-player game (the Save the World mode), but it tacked on Battle Royale in September 2017, about half a year after PUBG reached Steam's Early Access.
BlueHole has previously spoken out about similarities between Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, shortly after the release of Fortnite: Battle Royale in September past year.
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This is hardly the first time tensions have been raised between the two companies over Fortnite's battle-royal mode. Both companies have released highly successful "battle royale-style" shooter games within the a year ago, with PUBG releasing several months ahead of Epic's Fortnite .
The legal action comes as Epic Games is looking to expand Fortnite into Korea. Meanwhile, "Fortnite" is now the largest free-to-play console game of all time, and it's dominating PC and mobile as well. While many of its core concepts are indeed similar, it'd be hard to call it plagiarism.
"We filed the suit to protect our copyright", the company told the Korea Times.
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We've had an ongoing relationship with Epic Games throughout PUBG's development as they are the creators of UE4, the engine we licensed for the game.
Fortnite, though free to play, generated US$296m in April through selling in-game items, according to research firm SuperData.
"To remove each and every version of the games 'Rules of Survival, ' 'Knives Out, ' and similarly infringing games, from distribution and to cease developing and supporting those games", the suit says.
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Both games have proved hugely popular.