PUBG came out of nowhere last year to become one of the best selling PC games of all time. The game entered Steam’s Early Access program in March 2017 and had sold nearly 30 million copies by the time it reached version 1.0. The battle royale gameplay struck a nerve with gamers worldwide who were willing to overlook technical issues and a lack of polish. The runaway success of PUBG did not go unnoticed. Epic Games, the company who makes the Unreal Engine (which powers PUBG, Fortnite, and countless other games), had been working on Fortnite for the better part of a decade when they decided to throw together a free to play battle royale mode for the game. Fortnite’s battle royale mode took off and eventually eclipsed the player base numbers of PUBG. In May of this year, PUBG Corp, a company formed to handle PUBG business, filed a suit against Epic Games in Korea, claiming copyright infringement. It was announced this morning that the lawsuit has been dropped.
The details surrounding the termination of the suit are unclear. It is not known if the companies decided to settle the matter out of court. Complicating matters, Chinese video game giant Tencent Holdings has an ownership stake in both PUBG Corp and Epic games (along with a piece of seemingly every other gaming company under the sun). It was announced only a couple of weeks ago that Tencent was looking to increase their stake in PUBG Corp.
While PUBG Corp failed to secure a legal chicken dinner, it still has millions of dollars to go home to and the mobile version of PUBG is continually increasing its revenue (though it also lags behind the mobile Fortnite behemoth).