PUBG’s developer is suing Apple, Google, and the developer of lucrative PUBG lookalike Free Fire

PUBG-maker Krafton filed a big lawsuit Monday: it’s suing the developer of two cell video games that it accuses of copying PUBG: Battlegrounds, the hit PC battle royale shooter, and it’s suing Apple and Google for distributing these video games on their app shops. Krafton even accuses Google of internet hosting YouTube movies with gameplay of the two video games in query, in addition to “quite a few posts containing a feature-length Chinese language movie that is nothing greater than a blatantly infringing live-action dramatization of Battlegrounds.”

The video games Krafton takes challenge with are known as Free Fire and Free Fire Max, provided by developer Garena. On each the App Retailer and Google Play, they present up as Garena Free Fire and Garena Free Fire Max. Each can be found without cost with in-app purchases.

In accordance with Krafton:

Free Fire and Free Fire Max extensively copy quite a few facets of Battlegrounds, each individually and together, together with Battlegrounds’ copyrighted distinctive sport opening “air drop” function, the sport construction and play, the mixture and choice of weapons, armor, and distinctive objects, places, and the general selection of shade schemes, supplies, and textures.


Krafton alleges Garena has earned “lots of of hundreds of thousands of {dollars}” from gross sales from the apps and that Apple and Google have “equally earned a considerable quantity of income from their distribution of Free Fire.”

In the lawsuit, Krafton compiled comparisons like this to make its case towards Garena.

Picture: Krafton

Krafton claims that on December twenty first, it took a number of actions: it requested Garena to “instantly cease its exploitation of Free Fire and Free Fire Max,” which Garena apparently refused; it requested Apple and Google to cease distributing the video games, that are each nonetheless accessible on each app shops; and it requested YouTube to take away movies that includes Free Fire and Free Fire Max gameplay “that embrace components that blatantly infringe Battlegrounds and, individually, the infringing feature-length movie,” which Krafton says YouTube hasn’t completed.

In case you’re questioning about that movie:

Replace on the under:

1. The administrators mentioned it is not a PUBG film, regardless of principally being a PUBG film.

2. Krafton mentioned they’re contemplating suing given the similarities to the PUBG IP.

3. You’ll be able to watch it with English subs right here:

— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) August 15, 2021

Krafton additionally notes that Garena offered a sport in Singapore in 2017 that “copied” PUBG: Battlegrounds. Whereas claims relating to that have been settled, there was no license settlement established, in response to the lawsuit.


I’ll admit that I hadn’t heard of Free Fire earlier than this lawsuit, however I’ve since realized that it’s fairly lucrative. Free Fire earned $1.1 billion in participant spending in 2021, in response to information that analytics agency Sensor Tower shared with The Verge, an quantity that was up 48 p.c from 2020. Whereas the complete greenback quantity is fairly a bit lower than the astonishing $2.9 billion that PUBG Cellular earned in participant spending final yr, PUBG Cellular’s figures have been up solely seven p.c year-over-year, stories Sensor Tower. That would recommend PUBG Cellular’s development is slowing down simply as Free Fire’s is skyrocketing.

We additionally checked with one other analytics agency, Appfigures, and whereas the information was completely different, it nonetheless advised that Free Fire is catching up. PUBG Cellular, PUBG Cellular Lite, and the China- and India-specific variations of PUBG Cellular earned a mixed $639 million in income final yr, in response to Appfigures, whereas Free Fire earned $414 million.

Apple and Google didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Jason Golz, a spokesperson for Garena parent company Sea, tells The Verge that “Krafton’s claims are groundless.”

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