Battlegrounds developer Krafton sues Apple and Google over App Store clones –

Krafton, the company behind PUBG: Battlegrounds and PUBG: Mobile, has filed a lawsuit against developer Garena, as well as Apple and Google, seeking damages for what it calls a “wilful and wanton violation of the author” by a series of games available on iOS and Android app stores which he considers to be PUBG clones.

Specifically, Krafton (thanks TechCrunch) is targeting the continued availability of Garena’s Free Fire games, which it calls “unlicensed thinly veiled versions of Battlegrounds”, and the original Free Fire has already been challenged. judicial by developer PUBG.

Free Fire: Battlegrounds, as Garena’s game was shamelessly known at the time of the original trial, was released on mobile shortly after the release of PUBG in 2017 (PUBG Mobile arrived the following year) and Krafton’s initial trial , which accused Garena of copying the elements key. of his game, resulted in a settlement between the two companies in Singapore.

PUBG Free to play – Launch trailer.

But above all, no licensing agreement was concluded between the two parties, nor was Garena authorized to “sell or distribute counterfeit games”. [Krafton’s] copyright” in the United States. As such, Krafton is now taking legal action against Garena in US courts, targeting the original Free Fire, still available on the iOS and Google app stores, and the recent Free Fire MAX.

Krafton’s lawsuit argues that since this second game offers the same user experience as its predecessor, it once again infringes PUBG’s copyright by “extensively copying many elements” of PUBG Battlegrounds, including its gameplay mechanic. “air” opening. and the game. as well as “the combination and selection of weapons, armor and unique items, locations and the general choice of color schemes, materials and textures”.

Krafton claims Garena’s allegedly copyright-infringing titles have generated “hundreds of millions of dollars” worldwide since being released at the expense of PUBG, and is suing Apple and Google in their lawsuit for refusing to remove the game from their app stores, despite legal requests. do it in december. He adds that the tech giants benefit directly from Free Fire sales given their share of any profits made through their respective app stores.

Krafton’s lawsuit contains numerous side-by-side images comparing PUBG to Free Fire as part of its copyright infringement claim.

However, this is not the end of Krafton’s legal goals; Furthermore, he is suing Google for refusing to remove videos from YouTube with Free Fire, claiming that these also infringe his PUBG copyrights. It also states that YouTube is featuring a Chinese feature film, titled BiuBiuBiu, which “is nothing more than a live-action, blatantly infringing Battlegrounds dramatization.”

Krafton seeks damages from all three parties for direct, contributory, and indirect copyright infringement (as well as YouTube for contributory and indirect copyright infringement) and states that it is entitled to the product made by Apple and Google in the context of Free Fire “in amounts to be proven in court”.

Clone titles have, of course, continued to be an issue on mobile, with Krafton (or PUBG Corp as it was then known) having also filed a lawsuit against NetEase in 2018, accusing two of its titles, Rules of Survival and Knives Out, to deliberately copy PUBG’s gameplay and aesthetics in order to “profit from deception”.

This week also saw more rampages on rogue clones like copies of the popular daily puzzle game Wordle. began flooding mobile app stores, filling ads and in-app purchases on the go. In this case, however, after very public criticism from everyone involved, Apple and Google began moving quickly to remove the clones from their stores.

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