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Bluehole have allegedly filed a lawsuit against Epic Games

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Bluehole objected heavily to Epic Games entering the battle royale market a while back, claiming they copied their idea and whatnot. Now it seems they've kicked it up a notch and decided to take Epic Games to court of law over the squabble.

According to The Korea Times, PUBG developer and publisher Bluehole have decided to sue Epic Games due to an apparent copyright violation. They have decided that the court of law should figure out whether a copyright infringement took place when Epic Games developed battle royale mode for Fortnite.

The lawsuit was filed in Seoul Central District Court, Korea, against Epic Games Korea. Bluehole claim they have filed the copyright suit back in January 2018, but it's interesting how the topic is popping up just as Epic Games announced they would be entering Korean market in partnership with Neowiz Games.

It is no secret Fortnite is taking the world by storm and are crushing any records that PUBG had set in late 2017. This happened in large part due to PUBG Corp neglecting their player base's feedback and Epic Games doing the exact opposite. PUBG had already been a giant when Fortnite entered the battle royale genre but Fortnite managed to overthrow PUBG from the battle royale throne with constant updates and catering to the players' wishes.

PUBG Corp have made several major developments in improving their game lately, but it may be several months too late as a huge part of PUBG's player base has already defected to Fortnite.

The Korea Times pointed out that the original controversy about alleged plagiarism happened September 2017, when PUBG Corp accused Epic Games of copying "Battlegrounds" items and the UI. Now, I'm not a particular fan of either game but I've seen streams of both and the UIs are nothing alike. Meanwhile, there is a carbon copy of PUBG called Ring of Elysium but there are no signs of  any lawsuits flying around.

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This is probably because Ring of Elysium isn't nearly as popular as Fortnite so no need to push it out of the market, right? If the lawsuit turns out to be true, it would be a rather sad point in video gaming, since Bluehole would rather resort to throwing money at a pointless case in court in order to fight Epic Games instead of trying to do it by attempting to make PUBG more appealing than Fortnite.