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Krafton Sues Over Alleged PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile Clones

Popular game PUBG is being sued by Krafton, a company which claims it has been illegally copied and that the clones are hurting its sales. Whether this lawsuit will succeed remains to be seen but gamers should take note of how copyright laws apply in the gaming industry.

The “garena” is a mobile game that has been accused of being a clone of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Krafton Sues over the issue.

Krafton Sues Over Alleged PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Mobile Clones

After alleging that a PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG onwards) clone was not deleted, Krafton sued Google (and with it, YouTube) and Apple.


The titles in issue are Garena’s Free Fire, formerly known as Free Fire: Battlegrounds (hmm…), and Free Fire Max, which PUBG-owner Krafton is also suing. According to the claim, Garena began distributing Free Fire in Singapore in 2017. PUBG was released shortly after. Krafton filed a lawsuit and worked out a bargain with Garena, but there was no license or distribution arrangement. Despite this, a mobile version of the game was released on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. The Max version was launched in 2018.

According to Krafton, both Free Fire and PUBG copied PUBG features (“unique game-opening ‘air drop’ feature, game structure and play, combination and selection of weapons, armour, and unique objects, locations, and overall choice of color schemes, materials, and textures”), and as a result, Garena made hundreds of millions of dollars in sales through apps and microtransactions. The business then accuses Apple and Google of profiting from microtransactions, despite the fact that the two internet giants have refused to cease offering Free Fire at Krafton’s request. And, behind PUBG, YouTube is in the sights of the firm since Free Fire and Free Fire Max games may be found there, and YouTube has yet to reply to the takedown request. Biubiubiu is also a participant… It’s “an illegal adaptation of Battlegrounds, presenting a live-action dramatized rendition of Battlegrounds gameplay,” according to the Chinese film.

On Twitter in July, Daniel Ahmad, a senior analyst at Niko Partners, called attention to the suspected copyright infringement: the official poster looks identical. In China, the popularity of PUBG on PC and Peacekeeper Elite on mobile is skyrocketing, thus the movie’s production comes as no surprise to him. By the way, the film was published on Youku, a Chinese video-sharing site, on August 6, and the language is Mandarin, as expected.

Krafton also filed a copyright claim for the YouTube video Run Amuck before seeking Biubiubiu’s removal. Despite the fact that YouTube has taken action against it, the work is still viewable on the platform. “Unlike Biubiubiu, the Run Amuck films were submitted by ordinary individuals who very likely lack the substantial funds required to completely shield YouTube against copyright infringement responsibility,” Krafton added.

It also indicated a May 2020 Ubisoft lawsuit. “Apple and Google both declined to comply with a videogame developer’s demand that an illegal game be removed from their respective storefronts.” The infringing developer uninstalled the software only after the developer launched a lawsuit against him, as well as Apple and Google. Notably, neither Apple nor Google has ever taken independent action.”

Garena isn’t well-known, although its parent business, Sea Ltd., earned a digital entertainment income of more over two billion dollars in 2020… As a result, Krafton is in line for a sizable payoff.

PCGamer is the source of this information.


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The “pubg support” is a lawsuit that was filed in the United States District Court, Northern District of California. The plaintiff, Krafton Inc., claims that PUBG Corporation and PUBG Corporation Korea have violated the copyright of its mobile game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

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