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The lawsuit alleged Fortnite was far too similar to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, which ignited the battle royale frenzy when it launched in March 2017

Chris Kerr, News Editor

June 27, 2018

1 Min Read

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp. has dropped its copyright infringement lawsuit against Fortnite creator Epic Games. 

As reported by Bloomberg, PUBG Corp. has sent a letter of withdrawal to Epic Games' attorneys, bringing the short lived legal feud to a end.

Filed back in May, the lawsuit alleged Fortnite was far too similar to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, which ignited the battle royale frenzy when it launched in March 2017 -- several months before Fortnite unveiled its own last-man-standing mode. 

It was an interesting and decidedly complex situation for a number or reasons, including the fact that both Epic and PUBG Corp. shared a number of common ties. 

For starters, both studios decided to build their battle royale titles using Epic's Unreal Engine, while the squabbling duo are also partly owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent. 

Right now, it's not entirely clear why PUBG Corp. decided to withdraw the lawsuit, with both companies keeping tight lipped beyond confirming the news.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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