Krafton, the parent company of the developer and publisher of PUBG, is suing Apple, Google and Garena over alleged copyright infringement by the mobile battle royale title free fire, after a Reuters report.
The South Korean company claims the mobile game copied several aspects PUBG: Battlegrounds, which includes “Game Structure, In-Game Items, Gear, and Locations”. While Garena was sued for making the title, Google and Apple were brought in for distribution free fire in its application stores.
According to the report, Krafton had previously asked Garena, Apple and Google to stop distributing the game in December. In the absence of action, the company has gone to a California district court to block the game and seek “compensation,” which Garena says includes profits from sales of the game.
Krafton also mentions Free fire MAX in his lawsuit. Released last year, this game is an updated version of the original title with better graphics to attract players with higher device specs.
PUBG: Battlegrounds was released in 2016 and quickly became one of the most popular battle royale titles of the time. The genre-defining game was brought to Android and iOS devices later in 2018 through a collaboration between Krafton and Tencent. Tencent owns shares in Krafton as well as Garena’s parent company Sea Group, although it reduced its holdings at the company earlier this month.
While PUBG mobile Quickly becoming a leading mobile game title since its release four years ago, it has faced competition from Garena’s free fire. Krafton’s lawsuit comes shortly after the company released a new mobile game, PUBG: New State, which came out in November.
This isn’t the first time Krafton has sued companies over alleged copies PUBG IP. In 2018, the company filed a lawsuit against Epic Games over “a lot of similarities” between them PUBG and Fourteen days. Had it too moved against NetEase in the same year over two of his mobile games, survival rules and knife out, for the same reasons. All three games are currently available for download.