Fortnite Faces Battle Royale in Court

Fortnite Faces Battle Royale in Court
Epic Games has been accused of copying intellectual property in its Fortnite Battle Royale online title.

(CCM) — The Fortnite Battle Royale computer game is under attack from rival "last man standing" titled PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG).

Fortnite is one of the most popular games ever and claimed a world record in February 2018 when 3.4 million people around the world played the game at once. But the development studio behind PUBG has accused Epic Games, Fortnite's creator, of copying its intellectual property, according to a BBC report.

It has filed an injunction against Epic Games in a South Korean court, but it is not clear yet if it is hoping to have Fortnite shut down. The situation is complicated by the fact that PUBG is built on the Unreal gaming engine, which was developed by Epic Games.

The two games are strikingly similar: both involve 100 players landing on an island, searching for weapons, and fighting to the death until only one player remains. PUBG was launched first, in March 2017, while Fortnite was launched four months later.

Both games have been phenomenal business sucesses: PUBG has generated sales of over $1 billion, according to the report, while Fortnite, which is free to play, generates more than $200 million per month by selling add-ons to the game to players who want to enhance their characters.

Image: © Epic Games.