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Epic Games sued over Fortnite's Coral Castle

Published: 12:41, 17 August 2020
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Epic Games have been pretty busy on the legal front, what with their lawsuits against Apple and Google, but now it's them who'll have to take the stand.

Fortnite's new season brought with it a bunch of new stuff, including the structure called Coral Castle. You can find it if you head north of Sweaty Sands, just below the Shark, and it's basically Atlantis, even though it doesn't say it is. 

Unfortunately for Epic, Florida's Stonehenge, which is also known as Coral Castle, shares the name with Fortnite's attraction and they've decided to take action. 

As caught by Polygon, Coral Castle Inc. filed a complaint at a Miami court on Thursday, where they insisted that the name is not the only similarity with Fortnite's version. In fact, the lawsuit lists "nautical/beach motifs, castle structures, partial castle walls, and stone objects" as being similar enough to warrant legal action. 

The museum also maintains that both virtual and actual Coral Castle evoke feelings of "a centuries-old mysterious place", which is a bit peculiar to say the least. Not to take Epic's side in this particular department, but how else does one make a building that's meant to represent Atlantis - by making it new and unmysterious?

Coral Castle is the name of a rock sculpture garden built by one Edward Leedskalnin, who, as the story goes, was left by his fiancee at the altar one day before the wedding. He spent a while working on the garden, which is now a museum.

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We suppose we'll know soon enough whether the complaint holds any water, and even if it does - a name change isn't that complicated to do. Epic's other lawsuit , however, is something that won't be nearly as simple.

Thanks, Polygon .

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