The makers of PUBG, Krafton, have sued Garena, accusing them of ripping off their game. Not just that, but also. For hosting Garena’s games on their respective app marketplaces, Krafton has also filed suit against Apple and Google.
YouTube videos showing gameplay of the two Garena games at issue have been uploaded to Google’s servers, along with “numerous posts containing a feature-length Chinese film that is nothing more than a blatantly infringing live-action dramatization of Battlegrounds,” according to Krafton’s complaint.
Garena Free Fire and Garena Free Fire Max are the titles at the center of Krafton’s lawsuit. Both games are free to download from the App Store and the Play Store, respectively, and have optional in-app purchases.
Krafton claims that both Garena Free Fire and Garena Free Fire Max have plagiarized significant portions of PUBG: Battlegrounds. These elements include the game’s copyrighted unique opening “airdrop” feature, as well as the gameplay, structure, locations, combination, selection of weapons, and overall color schemes, materials, and textures.
According to PUBG Corp., both Garena and Apple/Google “earned a substantial amount of revenue from their distribution of Free Fire,” with the former making millions from in-app purchases while the latter making millions from advertising.
Krafton claims it formally requested that Garena “immediately stop its exploitation of Free Fire and Free Fire Max” on December 21; nevertheless, the request was allegedly ignored. Although Apple and Google were directed to stop selling the games, you may still download them from their own app stores.
YouTube has yet to remove videos showing gameplay from Free Fire and Free Fire Max “that include elements that blatantly infringe Battlegrounds and, separately, the infringing feature-length film,” as Krafton has requested.
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Furthermore, Krafton claimed that in 2017, Garena had sold a game in Singapore that “copied” PUBG: Battlegrounds. The lawsuit notes that despite the resolution of issues related to this game, no license agreement was reached.
While neither Apple nor Google has commented on Krafton’s complaint, a representative for Sea, the firm that owns Garena, has called the allegations “groundless” in an interview with The Verge’s Nick Bilton.
PUBG maker Krafton has filed a lawsuit against Garena for alleged plagiarism of PUBG: Battlegrounds in their games, Garena Free Fire and Garena Free Fire Max. Krafton has also filed suits against Apple and Google for hosting the games on their app marketplaces.
Krafton claims that Garena and the tech giants have earned significant revenue from the allegedly infringing games. YouTube has yet to remove videos showing gameplay from the disputed games. Garena has called the allegations “groundless.”
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