News: PUBG creator files lawsuit against ‘clone’ battle royale games

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PUBG Corp. has filed a lawsuit against developer NetEase for alleged copyright infringements found within two of the Chinese studio’s mobile games, which bear a striking resemblence to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

Filed in California on April 2, the full complaint (via PCgamesn) calls for NetEase to cease development and distribution of both titles, stating that ‘PUBG has suffered irreparable harm’ as a result of their release. Chiefly, it argues that Rules of Survival and Knives Out constitute not only copyright infringement, but also trade dress infringement and unfair business competition.

Both games were released in iOS and Android devices before PUBG launched its own mobile app. In addition, Rules of Survival and Knives Out are erroneously labelled PUBG Mobile on social media and the marketplace, with the complaint citing further similarities with the battle royale juggernaut including map layout, match flow, and the appearance of certain buildings. 

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