Analysts suggest the game generates more than $200m a month. Beyond this, neither company has spoken up about the legal action as investigations are under way. Fortnite really does feel like a silly reskin of PUBG, with a similar map layout, the approaching storm, and paragliding into battle.
"This is a measure to protect our copyrights", PUBG Corp. told Bloomberg. The suit was filed against Epic Games Korea via the Seoul Central District Court back in January, as PUBG Corp asked the court to determine whether Fortnite Battle Royale was infringing on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.
To add to the complexity of this case, PUBG actually runs on Unreal Engine 4, which is a suite of development tools made by Epic Games. This the game's fourth test and the developer is saying that it could its last.
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On Tuesday, "PUBG" had around 27,000 viewers on streaming platform Twitch, about a tenth of "Fortnite's" 260,000.
"Fortnite" quickly surpassed "PUBG" in popularity and revenue. "Players have rightfully called us out for failing to address complaints about performance, and recently we haven't done the best job of communicating about the changes we're making to the game".
Earlier this year, PUBG sued Netease for allegedly basing two mobile games - "Rules of Survival" and "Knives Out" - on the ideas behind "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds". To improve performance, it will first address the way lighting effects are processed as well as the way vehicles move across different ground surfaces, both of which are causing players' GPUs to overload.