Remember when Clash of Clans became popular and a thousand of other clone games were appearing? Well, this might be the same case with Playersunknown’s Battlegrounds’ (PUBG). It is confirmed that PUBG is suing clone games.
PUBG developers, PUBG Corp., which is owned by Korean publisher, Bluehole, has officially filed a lawsuit against Chinese publisher, NetEase. The file was charged on April 2, earlier this month.
NetEase is a publisher famously known for its titles similar to the gameplay of PUBG. Their titles include Rules of Survival and Knives Out. The two games are very similar to PUBG, starting from its gameplay, maps, etc.
Both Rules of Survival and Knives Out are both battle royale games where players are stranded in and have to be the last one alive to be the winner. The gameplay is somewhat familiar to PUBG such as the shrinking “safe zones” feature, parachuting from a plane from the start, and also the collection of vehicles and weapons.
Previously, PUBG Corp. stated that they are critical to copycat titles like Fortnite. But this is the first time that they have filed a lawsuit.
One of the reasons why this happened could be that NetEase is trying to get mobile players to their games first before the went to PUBG. This is because both Rules of Survival and Knives Out appeared on mobile first before PUBG launches its mobile version.
This unfair business competition is not done yet. Knives Out official Facebook page used the term “Chicken Dinner” to promote its game.
Not only that, this also effects searching “PUBG Mobile” on Youtube. Youtubers are using this wording to promote the games they are playing. Unfortunately, the games they are playing are actually Knives Out or Rules of Survival.
As a result, PUBG Corp. wants both Knives Out and Rules of Survival to be taken out. Not just to be taken out, but permanently banned from both the Play Store or the App Store.
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