Krafton, the programmers of PUBG, has filed a suit versus Garena as well as has accused them of duplicating PUBG: Battlegrounds. And that’s not all. Krafton has additionally sued Apple and also Google for dispersing Garena’s games on their application shops. Furthermore, Google has additionally been charged of holding YouTube video clips with gameplay of both Garena video games Krafton has a problem with in addition to “countless articles including a feature-length Chinese film that is absolutely nothing more than a coldly infringing live-action dramatisation of Battlegrounds”.
The two video games Krafton is taking legal action against these business for are Garena Free Fire and Garena Free Fire Max. Both the games are readily available on the App Shop and also the Play Store totally free with in-app purchases.
According to Krafton, both Garena Free Fire as well as Garena Free Fire Max have actually thoroughly copied lots of facets of PUBG: Battlefields, consisting of Battlefields’ copyrighted special game opening “air decrease” function, the game play and structure, areas, the combination and also choice of tools, and also the total color scheme, materials, and appearances.
The PUBG-maker has declared that Garena has gained millions from in-app sales and also Apple as well as Google have “similarly made a considerable quantity of revenue from their distribution of Free Fire”.
Krafton claims that on December 21 it asked Garena to “quickly quit its exploitation of Free Fire and also Free Fire Max”, which they evidently rejected. Apple and also Google were likewise asked to stop distributing the video games and both the video games are still readily available on the application stores.
Krafton has likewise asked YouTube to eliminate video clips including Free Fire and also Free Fire Max gameplay “that include aspects that coldly infringe Battlegrounds and, separately, the infringing feature film”, and also YouTube has actually not done that yet.
In addition, Krafton declared that Garena marketed a game in Singapore in 2017 that “copied” PUBG: Battlegrounds. The lawsuit points out that while the insurance claims regarding this game were resolved, no permit agreement was established.
Apple and Google have actually not discussed Krafton’s legal action yet and an agent from Garena’s moms and dad company, Sea, Jason Golz, has told The Edge that Krafton’s claims are “groundless”.