PUBG Corporation denounces two games for plagiarism
Rules of Survival and Knives Out, both from the Chinese company NetErase.
The success of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds brought, unsurprisingly, video games that were inspired by the success of Brendan greene Y Bluehole. However, and as was also predictable, many other games could end up bordering on plagiarism, something that Bluehole already warned a few months ago. The PUBG Corporation took action on the matter last Monday, denouncing the Chinese company NetEase in the Northern California District Court for its video games Rules of Survival and Knives Out.
Beyond the gameplay mechanics and the obvious references to the battle royale subgenre, the similarities between PUBG, Rules of Survival and Knives Out are more than evident. Safe zone, weapons, accessories, plane, parachute and the design of the scenarios itself inevitably reminds PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, something for which Bluehole warned NetEase itself in January through Apple. The Chinese company assured that none of its games infringed the rights of PUBG, which has forced the Korean firm to take legal action on American soil.
PUBG Corporation has accompanied the demand for 25 items that they believe have been plagiarized from their production, explaining that "the use of kitchen utensils as weapons, the use of certain vehicles and landscapes and their combinations, the use of supply boxes Badges and the festive reference to the chicken dinner are ornamental style elements that are not functional, but have taken on secondary meaning, as evidenced by their use by players in memes, parodies, skits, and other contexts to refer to PUBG. "
Although Epic and Fornite are named in the lawsuit, the American game has not been denounced by PUBG Corporation: the differences between Fortnite's Battle Royale mode and PUBG are greater than those with Knives Out and Rules of Survival, which are not They have been hesitant to take advantage of the mobile battle royale phenomenon in recent months. The company asks NetEase for damages, but also that both games be removed from the various stores where it is hosted.