PUBG Mobile maker Krafton sues Apple, Google and rival game developer Garena over clones

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The developer behind PlayUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and creator of PUBG MOBILE, last year’s No. 6 highest-grossing mobile game globally, is suing the App Store and a rival game maker, Garena, over copyright infringement involving Garena Online . Free Fire Games. The lawsuit alleges that Garena’s games mimic many aspects of its own, including its opening, its game structure and play, the combination and selection of weapons, armor and unique items, locations and overall color schemes, materials and textures. Are included.

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Google’s YouTube is also named in a lawsuit for hosting videos of infringing content.

According to the complaint, Garena began selling a game in Singapore that copied aspects of the game from Crafton, shortly after Battlegrounds’ launch in 2017. Apple and Google began selling a mobile version of the game, which was originally called Free Fire: Battlegrounds and now is. It’s called Free Fire. Singapore’s claims were settled between the two companies, but Crafton never entered into a licensing agreement with Garena, the filing states.


Then, on 28 September 2021, Garena released a new title called Free Fire Max, a separate mobile game distributed on Apple and Google’s App Stores. The game is meant to provide a user experience similar to Free Fire, Crafton says, and it also violates several aspects of Battlegrounds. The company noted that Violation Games has gone on to earn “hundreds of millions of dollars” from its global sales. Apple and Google benefited in a similar way, as they take commissions from games distributed through their App Store platforms.

Meanwhile, Crafton has named YouTube in the lawsuit because it hosts videos of Free Fire and Free Fire Max gameplay. The video has garnered hundreds of millions of views, or in some cases, over a million views. YouTube also hosts a feature-length live-action film that plays an infringing Battlegrounds, the claim states.

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Crafton says it is moving the courts to settle the matter because Apple and Google have not done so. It said it asked app stores to stop distributing the game on December 21, 2021, but they declined. YouTube will also not remove infringing videos.

The lawsuit comes shortly after the launch of Crafton’s follow-up title, PUBG: New State, in November, which includes several new elements. The company is concerned that its latest release will also be copied if this issue is not resolved.

Clones of popular apps and games have been a common problem on the App Store, and the growth of the subscription market has made the activity even more popular. This week, in fact, Apple had to clean up the clones For example, of a popular online game Wordle. Apple is also facing a lawsuit from another developer who lost money for cloning apps. Like Wordle, other viral games over the years, such as Threes and Flappy Bird, have also encountered clones. But in many cases, games are simple, easy to copy, and quickly fade from popularity. However, the financial impact of clones is much larger for games like PUBG Mobile.

The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Central District of California on January 10, 2022. Crafton is seeking a jury trial to settle the case.

Crafton has frequently defended its gaming empire lately. Won the case against the fraudsters. pubg was also settled before Copyright Claims with NetEase, also on PUBG clone, but dropped a similar suit With Epic Games on Fortnite in 2018.

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