January 14, 2022

Krafton, the creator of PUBG, is suing Apple and Google for allegedly distributing a clone of the game

Over an alleged PUBG clone, Krafton has filed a lawsuit against Apple, Google, and game creator Garena.

PUBG: Battlegrounds and PUBG Mobile developer Krafton has accused Apple and Google of enabling a "blatantly infringing mobile version of Battlegrounds" to sell on their respective app stores in a complaint filed on Monday (January 10).

Free Fire is the name of the mobile game in question, and it was created by defendant Garena. Free Fire – and a new game called Free Fire Max, according to Krafton – "blatantly mimics Battlegrounds" and features "many aspects of Battlegrounds," including a copyrighted air drop opening.

A spokeswoman for Garena told TechCrunch that "Krafton's assertions are unfounded."

Krafton argues that Apple and Google "received a large amount of cash from their distribution of Free Fire," and that it has asked both companies to stop distributing Garena's game, but to no avail. According to Krafton, this is an instance of "selective enforcement of copyright law," in which Apple and Google are both accused of intentional violation.

The lawsuit also includes YouTube, a Google-owned site, as a defendant, claiming that it has tried unsuccessfully to have Free Fire films removed from YouTube.

The action seeks damages from the aforementioned companies, including "defendants Apple's and Google's profits in amounts to be proven at trial," according to Krafton.

This January has been a hectic month for Krafton's legal team. Following a lawsuit against a "hacker group" that built and marketed cheats for PUBG Mobile, Krafton and Tencent Games were granted £7.3 million in damages last week. The money recovered in damages will be re-invested in the battle royale's anti-cheat mechanisms, according to both firms.

Valve has verified that the Steam Deck consoles will still be released in February. The studio also said that "hundreds" of development kits had been sent out to help developers make their games compatible with the new console.

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