San Francisco, Jan 14 | Crafton, the developer of the popular mobile game PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile), has sued Apple, Google and another game developer Garena in the US for copying and distributing its original battle royale game.
In a lawsuit filed in US District Court in California, South Korean video game developer Crafton accused Garena of copying its “PUBG: Battlegrounds” game and copying Garena Free Fire and Garena Free Fire Max.
The company also sued Apple and Google for distributing those Garena games on their respective App Stores.
As The Verge reports, Crafton accused Google of hosting YouTube videos with gameplay from the two games, as well as “multiple posts containing a feature-length Chinese film that violated the live-action dramatization of Battlegrounds”. is nothing more than”.
On both the App Store and Google Play, Garena Free Fire and Garena Free Fire Max are available for free with in-app purchases.
“Free Fire and Free Fire Max, individually and in combination, extensively mimic many aspects of Battlegrounds, including Battleground’s copyrighted unique game opening ‘air drop’ feature, game structure and play, weapons, armor and unique includes the combination and selection of objects, locations, and an overall choice of color schemes, materials, and textures,” Crafton said in his lawsuit.
Crafton alleged that Garena made “hundreds of millions of dollars” from sales from apps and that Apple and Google “similarly generated substantial amounts of revenue from the distribution of Free Fire.”
According to Crafton, he told Garena to “immediately stop his exploitation of Free Fire and Free Fire Max”, which Garena flatly refused.
The company also asked Apple and Google to stop distributing the games, but both are still available on the App Store.
Apple and Google were yet to comment on the lawsuit.
According to the report, a spokesperson for Garena’s parent company C said that “Crafton’s claims are baseless.”
Crafton’s ‘Pubg: New State’ was the most downloaded mobile game worldwide for November 2021, with nearly 32 million installs.
Crafton has announced that its battle royale game PUBG: Battlegrounds is now free-to-play (F2P) on PC and consoles.
Its first major post-launch update for ‘PUBG: New State’ crossed over 45 million downloads globally in December.
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