PUBG Developer Files Lawsuit Against Garena For Copyright Infringement

Krafton Inc filed a lawsuit against Garena, the makers of Free Fire and Free Fire Max. As you might already know, Krafton is the developer of PUBG series of games. This includes PUBG: Battlegrounds for PC and console as well as mobile games like PUBG: Mobile, PUBG; New State and Mobile India Battlegrounds. Krafton claims that Free Fire and Fire Max Fire are a copycat of PUBG and pointed to many gameplay elements in Free Fire as copycats of PUBG.

In his filing (via The Verge), Krafton claims that Free Fire and Free Fire Max removed a number of gameplay elements from PUBG. Krafton notes, “Garena released Free Fire through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store as a thinly veiled, unauthorized mobile version of Battlegrounds. Tellingly, based on information and belief, Garena rushed the launch of Free Fire before the release of PUBG Mobile, the authorized mobile version of Battlegrounds. Garena then released Free Fire Max to further capitalize on the success he found breaching Battlegrounds through Free Fire.

Krafton sues Garena

The PUBG developer has also compared many Free Fire features which it claims are taken from PUBG. This includes things like using the pan, similar locations on the map, a transport plane, in-game items, and more.

Garena Alley, Krafton’s lawsuit also mentions Apple, Google and YouTube. The developer alleges that Apple and Google continue to list Free Fire games on their respective app platforms. Krafton wants the app removed from both app stores. Krafton also notes that YouTube should remove videos depicting Free Fire gameplay as it is copyright infringement.

Interestingly, Krafton notes that YouTube should also remove trailers for a Chinese movie called Biubiubiu, a move that “flagrantly violates Battlegrounds.” The developer notes that the film features a live-action dramatization of Battlegrounds gameplay. You can check out the trailer below.

Also read: PUBG: Battlegrounds now free on PC and consoles


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