PUBG Developer Sues Garena’s Free Fire For Copying Its Game

Garena has been accused of stealing the popular shooting game PUBG by a lawsuit filed by its creator, Krafton. There has been a lawsuit filed against the developer for copying the game “PUBG: Battlegrounds.” Krafton is suing Google and Apple for distributing these games on their app stores.

The creator of  PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds claims that when someone searches “PUBG” on YouTube, there are multiple videos with gameplay from the Free Fire mod for PUBG. I haven’t seen the film, but the developer has noted that Google has uploaded a movie to its website, but it’s in Chinese and might be infringing on copyrights of Battlegrounds.”

PUBG Developer vs Free Fire

“Free Fire and Free Fire Max extensively copy numerous aspects of Battlegrounds, both individually and in combination, including Battlegrounds’ copyrighted unique game-opening “airdrop” feature, the game structure and play, the combination and selection of weapons, armor, and unique objects, locations, and the overall choice of color schemes, materials, and textures.”

PUBG Developer PUBG and Garena's Free Fire
Image: Krafton

Krafton claims that Garena made hundreds of millions of dollars in sales on the apps. According to information from Google Play, Apple’s App Store, and the date of Free Fire’s release on these platforms, it appears that both companies have made a significant amount of money off of the game.

The PUBG developers have already been warned Garena to stop exploiting the games, and Garena totally refused. Krafton also requested Apple and Google not to distribute such apps or games on their app stores.

PUBG Movie

Krafton also approached YouTube to remove videos featuring Free Fire gameplay and the infringing feature-length film. All of Krafton’s requests were denied for the time being.

Krafton approached Youtube and requested them as well to remove Free Fire gameplay and Garena’s infringing feature-length movie. All of the requests made by Krafton totally denied by all the platforms.

As for the feature-length movie,

You can find the complete film here.

Does PUBG Own the Battle Royale Genre?

PUBG developer has done something like this first time. A few years ago, Krafton sued Epic Game for making Fornite similar to PUBG. Krafton decided to drop the lawsuit back in 2018 because the battler was ended as a draw.

It is crystal clear that the PUBG was the first open-world battle royal game that brings a huge audience and got so much success overnight, but the PUBG developer doesn’t own the game mode. The PUBG was already inspired by the Japanese movie Battle Royal. After the success of PUBG, thousands of games adopted the mode but some of them became very popular including Free Fire, Call of Duty, Fortnite, etc.

Final Words

We know that the game PUBG is one of the most popular games in the world right now. The game has taken the world by storm and has become the most-watched game on Twitch and even one of the most popular games on YouTube. Recently, news broke that the game developer sued Garena for copyright infringement over their game Free Fire. The game is the battle royal game and the PUBG developer says that there are too many similarities between Free Fire and PUBG.

The developer even says that he has been in talks with Garena to settle the issue but they have been unable to come to an agreement. The case will be brought to court and the PUBG developer hopes that the court will rule in his favor. We will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you updated if there are any major developments.


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