PUBG Corp. – the Korean company developing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) – has withdrawn its lawsuit against Epic Games’ Fortnite. The lawsuit was filed earlier this year accusing Epic of copyright infringement.
It’s not clear why the lawsuit was dropped or whether there was an out-of-court settlement, but as Bloomberg reports, both PUBG Corp. and Epic Games have confirmed the move without further comment.
Things between the two companies are quite complicated; both are part-owned by Tencent Holdings, and PUBG utilizes Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 for its game. Epic Games on the other hand has borrowed many ideas from PUBG, going as far as crediting that game for the genre’s popularity when it introduced the battle royale gamemode in September last year.
At the moment, PUBG is in the midst of losing its momentum, while Fortnite continues to grow. It will be interesting to see how the two games evolve over the next few months. Hopefully, there will be a solution to Fortnite's cross-play woes in the meantime.