Korean company Kraftonwho owns the rights to PUBG: Battlegrounds, sued per company Sea and her division Garena. They are accused of plagiarizing the famous battle royale. At the same time, the lawsuit mentions Apple and Google: allegedly infringing mobile shooters are distributed with their help Free Fire and Free Fire Max.
Krafton claims that Free Fire and Free Fire Max notably copy a number of aspects of PUBG, starting with the copyrighted unique airdrop feature. PUBG borrowings were found in the game structure and gameplay, the combination and choice of weapons, armor and unique objects, and even in color schemes, materials and textures.
The creators noticed a cartoon chicken in mobile shooters, which is shown in case of victory. This is a direct borrowing from PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds: the phrase “Winner, winner, chicken dinner” has become one of the bright symbols of the game.
The lawsuit is directed against YouTubeowned by Google service. The reason was the refusal to remove game videos from Garena Free Fire games, as well as videos from Biubiubiu, a Chinese film with PUBG borrowings.
This is not the first time Krafton has faced Garena in court. In 2017, they managed to reach an agreement to release a PUBG-style game in Singapore. However, as the company reminds, the settlement does not replace the license agreement and does not give permission for distribution of the game in the United States.
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