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Published: 27/Jun/2018 12:36 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:05by Calum Patterson
PUBG Corp. has dropped its lawsuit against Fortnite developers Epic Games, ending the legal battle before it truly got started.
Earlier in 2018, PUBG Corp., an affiliate of South Korean studio Bluehole Inc., had sued Epic Games for mimicking its title PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), in Fortnite Battle Royale.
PUBG previously held the title has the world’s most popular battle royale game, but was quickly usurped after Fortnite released its BR mode in September 2017.
Since then, Fortnite has rocketed in popularity raking in hundreds of millions a month and undoubtedly stealing away a chunk of PUBG’s player base, particularly on PC.
In addition to claiming PUBG had been copied, it was also alleged that Epic Games had used the PUBG name in the promotion of Fortnite.
Both games use the Unreal Engine, which is a product of Epic Games but is used by PUBG. Unreal Engine is widely regarded as the industry standard for gaming engines.
However, according to the local court system in Seoul, South Korea, the case has been closed, with PUBG Corp. sending a letter of withdrawal to Epic’s attorneys.
Bloomberg also reports that this has been confirmed by PUBG and its law firm, although it is unclear if a settlement had been reached between the two parties.
Meanwhile, Fortnite has been pressing on taking over the games industry, earning a record-breaking $318 million in May alone.
PUBG is still a popular title, and its release on both Xbox and mobile devices has bolstered that, but there is little doubt as to who is number one.