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PUBG Developer Krafton Filed Lawsuit Against Free Fire Developer Garena, Apple, Google


PUBG developer Krafton has filed a lawsuit towards Garena, Apple, and Google. Krafton alleged that Garena – which launched battle royale video games Free Fire and Free Fire Max – has copied PUBG: Battlegrounds and is suing Apple and Google for distributing the video games on their respective app shops. Krafton additionally accused Google of internet hosting movies on YouTube that present the gameplay of Garena’s Free Fire and Free Fire Max. Krafton has additionally allegedly taken just a few actions towards battle royale video games in query.

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As per the grievance of copyright infringement, shared by The Verge, Krafton has filed a lawsuit towards Free Fire and Free Fire Max developer Garena. The developer of PUBG alleged that Garena has copied its well-liked battle royale title. Krafton additional talked about within the lawsuit that Garena has earned “hundreds of millions of dollars” from gross sales from two video games and that Apple and Google have earned important income from the distribution of the 2 Free Fire apps. Both apps are nonetheless listed on Apple’s App Store and Google Play retailer.

Krafton claims that it took actions towards Free Fire and Free Fire Max on December 21. First of which included asking Garena to “immediately stop its exploitation of Free Fire and Free Fire Max, including by revoking its apparent authorisation to Apple and Google.” Garena apparently refused to take action. Furthermore, PUBG’s developer additionally requested Apple and Google to “cease distributing and exploiting” the 2 video games on their platforms, each app shops nonetheless listed.

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YouTube was additionally requested to take away quite a few movies on its platforms that embrace “elements that blatantly infringe Battlegrounds, and separately, the infringing feature-length film. These videos are still available on Google’s video sharing platform. If you’re intrigued about the said film, here’s a sneak peak.

Additionally, the lawsuit additionally talked about Garena offered a recreation in 2017 in Singapore that’s stated to have copied PUBG: Battlegrounds. Krafton talked about that whereas the claims had been settled, there was no licensing settlement between the 2 gaming builders.

As per Sensor Tower information shared with The Verge, Free Fire has earned $1.1 billion (roughly Rs. 8,153 crore) in participant spending in 2021, that reveals a 48 p.c year-on-year progress. While, the quantity that Krafton earned throughout the identical interval was $2.98 billion (roughly Rs. 22,087 crore), it confirmed solely 7 p.c year-on-year progress. The publication additionally verified the information from Appfigures and mentions that although the income figures had been totally different, the information instructed that Free Fire was inching nearer to PUBG when it comes to reputation and income.

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A spokesperson from Sea, the guardian firm of Garena, advised The Verge that “Krafton’s claims are groundless.”


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