Developer hit battle royalea PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, better known as PUBG, is suing Apple and Google for refusing to remove the alleged clone from the App Store and Google Play.
Krafton Inc. of South Korea and PUBG Santa Monica have filed a complaint focusing on Free Fire, a battle royale game developed by Garena Online. They want the game to be withdrawn from Android and iOS, plus monetary damage.
PUBG dev wants Free Fire knocked down
PUBG it was one of the first big games in the battle royale genre. It debuted in 2017 and soon became a big hit, inspiring rivals like Fortnite, Call of Duty: Warzone, Apex Legends, and much more.
But Krafton and PUBG Santa Monica have problems with one rival, in particular. Free Fire, developed by Singapore-based company Garena Online, allegedly stole a little too much PUBG’s playbook.
He noticed the lawsuit Reuters receivables Free Fire uses several aspects of copyright protection PUBG, including its game structure, in-game items, equipment, and locations. And Apple and Google are said to be closing their eyes.
Krafton and PUBG Santa Monica say they have asked both companies to withdraw Free Fire and another version of the game, Free Fire MAX, with their respective application markets. But neither will satisfy.
Apple and Google sued
The duo are now suing Apple and Google in an attempt to force them. Their lawsuit is also seeking damages, for Free Fire gameplay videos and live dramatization of game-based action to be removed from YouTube.
Krafton and PUBG say hundreds of millions of copies Free Fire distribute the App Store and Google Play, which Garena earned more than $ 100 million in revenue in the U.S. alone during the first three months of 2021.
The case is now in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
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