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PUBG Corp and NetEase settle PUBG copyright lawsuits

Published: 21:25, 25 March 2019
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It appears that both PUBG Corp and NetEase grew weary of the lawsuit royale they've been locked in since April 2018, when the former accused the latter of copying PUBG with their two mobile games - Knives Out and Rules of Survival.

"After almost a year of litigation, the lawsuit has finally settled. However, the terms of the settlement are confidential and the futures of the Knives Out and Rules of Survival games remain unclear", says a post by the McArthur Law Firm.

We reported on the lawsuit back when it was filed in the US District Court of Northern California, and it alleged that the two games had at least 25 copyright and trademark infringements on PUBG Corp's intellectual property between them.

This was the lawsuit that ultimately reached for frying pans as proof of "unlawful, unfair, and/or fradulent business acts", arguing that even using cookware as armour was a trademark PUBG thing.

The entire thing turned into a year-long legal tussle, where NetEase countersued PUBG Corp, claiming their lawsuit is a "shameless attempt” to use copyright law to monopolize the battle royale genre and block real competition."

PUBG Corp responded by saying they're not trying to monopolise the battle royale genre, but rather protect its creative expression and everything that makes the game unique.

The company also argued that NetEase have been tentatively updating both Knives Out and Rules of Survival since the first lawsuit was filed, ensuring that there are plenty of dissimilarities, which were later used in court as proof of PUBG Corp being in the wrong. 

One of the main points of contention, however, were some blatant ripoffs, such as referring to "Winner Winner Chicken Dinner" in their promotional campaigns, and even using PUBG's two-seater buggy in the promotional materials, without the vehicle ending up in any of the games.

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In case you didn't catch it, PUBG's creator Brendan Greene has recently left the game's development team and is moving to Amsterdam, where he'll lead a team tasked with "exploring, experimenting, and creating new technologies, tools, pipelines, and gameplay.

You can find the McArthur Law Firm's post here .

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