Bluehole, Inc, the Korean developers behind the massively popular Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), has issued a statement accusing American developers Epic Games of ripping off PUBG with the latest Fortnite update. Fortnite is launching a new 100 player Battle Royale PVP mode on September 26th. Bluehole, Inc alleges that Fortnite has a similar UI, gameplay, and structure as PUBG‘s battle royale experience. The Korean company says they were pushed to act when Epic Games repeatedly referenced PUBG in their communication with both the community and the press.
Bluehole, Inc is finding itself in an awkward position as they are currently licensing Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 for PUBG. Bluehole, Inc is being quiet about their next step besides issuing a public complaint via press release. Taking Epic Games to court may be in the cards. Bluehole’s Vice President and Executive Producer Chang Han Kim, hinted to the possibility with his choice of words when he made it clear that Bluehole is collecting evidence about the similarities between the two games.