San Francisco: Krafton, the developer of the famous mobile game PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile), has sued Apple, Google, and another US game developer Garena for copying and distributing the original Battle Royale game.
In a proceeding filed in the US District Court in California, Korean video game developer Krafton accused Garena of copying the “PUBG: Battlegrounds” game and developing the copycats Garena Free Fire and Garena Free Fire Max.
The company also sued Apple and Google for distributing their Garena games in their respective app stores.
Krafton has hosted YouTube videos in the gameplay of the two games in question, and Google has “many posts, including feature-length Chinese movies that only explicitly violate the live-action drama of the battleground.” The Verge reports that he is blaming.
Garena Free Fire and Garena Free Fire Max are available for free with in-app purchases on both the App Store and Google Play.
“Free Fire and Free Fire Max offer a variety of battlegrounds, including the unique copyrighted” airdrop “feature of the game opening, game structure and play, weapons, armor, and unique combinations and choices. Extensive copy of sides individually or in combination “Overall selection of objects, locations, and color schemes, materials, and textures,” Krafton said in a lawsuit.
Krafton claimed that Garena earned “hundreds of millions of dollars” from app sales, and Apple and Google “similarly earned significant revenue from the Free Fire distribution.”
According to Krafton, he asked Garena to “stop using Free Fire and Free Fire Max immediately,” but Garena seems to have refused.
The company also asked Apple and Google to stop distributing the game, which will continue to be available in both app stores.
Apple and Google haven’t commented on the proceedings yet.
“Krafton’s allegations are groundless,” said a spokesman for Galena’s parent company, Sea, according to the report.
Krafton’s “PUBG: New State” was the most downloaded mobile game in the world in November 2021 and was installed approximately 32 million times.
Krafton has announced that the battle royale game PUBG: Battlegrounds is now free-to-play (F2P) on PC and console.
The first major update after the release of “PUBG: New State” exceeded over 45 million downloads worldwide in December.
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