Krafton, the developer of PUBG: Battleground, has accused Free Fire's developers of alleged copyright violations along with Apple and Google for distributing the game.
PUBG: Battleground's developer Krafton is suing multiple companies including Apple, Google, YouTube, and free-to-play game company Garena for alleged copyright violations. According to Krafton, Apple and Google distributed a "blatantly infringing mobile version of Battlegrounds" developed by Garena on Google Play and App Store.
Krafton accuses Garena of copying "numerous aspects" of PUBG in its games Free Fire and Free Fire: Max, including "copyrighted unique game opening 'air drop' feature" and a "combination and selection of weapons, armor, and unique objects, locations, and the overall choice of color schemes, materials, and textures".
According to the lawsuit, Garena launched Free Fire in Singapore in 2017, soon after the PUBG release which appeared to lead to a complaint and settlement. Although the settlement did not comprise of licensing deal or permission to distribute the game, Free Fire games were released on Apple and Google's mobile app stores.
Krafton claimed that Garena has earned “hundreds of millions of dollars” from sales in the apps and in-app purchases while Apple and Google have “similarly earned a substantial amount of revenue from their distribution of Free Fire.”
The company has also accused Google's YouTube of hosting videos featuring the gameplay of Garena's battle royales and the Chinese feature film called Biubiubiu which Krafton claims is "nothing more than a blatantly infringing live-action dramatization of Battlegrounds.”
Currently, the lawsuit states that YouTube has failed to remove the posts as well as Apple and Google refused to stop distributing the game through their app stores. Therefore, Krafton is turning to the courts to resolve the matter.
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