There is not much to say about the “PUBG” mobile game. You can simply understand it as the international version of “Peace Elite”. Garena’s “Free Fire” is also a battle royale-type survival shooting game, which was officially opened on December 4, 2017, and has a fairly wide player base in Southeast Asia and other countries and regions.
According to Reuters, PUBG developer Krafton (formerly Blue Hole) sued Garena, the maker of Free Fire, in federal court in Los Angeles on Monday, saying the game copied some copyrighted content from PUBG, including game logic, Game props, equipment, and maps, etc.
Not only that, but Krafton named Apple and Google in the lawsuit, claiming that Apple and Google refused to stop selling pirated versions of their games. According to Krafton, Apple and Google have distributed hundreds of millions of copies of Free Fire across the App Store and Google Play Store. Krafton’s complaint alleges that Garena generated more than $100 million in U.S. revenue through Free Fire in the first three months of 2021.
In addition to this, PUBG developers also want Apple to remove another infringing game called Free Fire Max. In the lawsuit, Krafton said it asked Garena, Apple, and Google to stop selling Free Fire in December, but to no avail. The PUBG developer also asked the court to “block the sale of Free Fire and seek damages.”
Moreover, this is not the first time that PUBG developers have filed lawsuits against competing products. In 2018, they also sued Fortnite to “protect copyright,” according to the Korea Times. So far, Apple has removed a blockbuster pirated game “Wordle” from the App Store this week, although Apple has not taken steps such as taking “Free Fire” off the shelves.
Popular Science: The battle royale game combines the exploration and collection elements of a survival game with the gameplay of eliminating to the last person. Both English and Chinese names come from the 1999 Japanese novel “Battle Royale” of the same name and the subsequent movie “Battle Royale” series. The game is also inspired by this work. This gameplay is reflected in PUBG and Fortnite.