Krafton Sues Free Fire Developer Garena and More Over Copying Battlegrounds
PUBG developer Krafton has filed a lawsuit against Free Fire developer Garena, as spotted by The Verge. Not only Free Fire developer, but Krafton is also suing both Apple and Google for distributing a "blatantly infringing mobile version of Battlegrounds" on the App Store and Play Store.
The games in target are Free Fire and Free Fire Max as Krafton claimed both titles "extensively copy numerous aspects of Battlegrounds" in the lawsuit, including the title's copyrighted unique game opening 'air drop' feature" as well as "combination and selection of weapons, armor, and unique objects, locations, and the overall choice of color schemes, materials, and textures."
According to the lawsuit, Krafton reached out to both Apple and Google over the distribution of Free Fire and Free Fire Max on their platforms. Their failure to address legitimate claims of copyright renders both companies liable for "willful infringement".
In addition, Krafton also asked YouTube to remove videos featuring Free Fire and Free Fire Max gameplay "that include elements that blatantly infringe Battlegrounds and, separately, the infringing feature-length film" but YouTube hasn't done so. The film in question is "Biubiubiu".
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