PUBG creator Krafton filed a massive lawsuit on Monday, accusing the developer of two mobile games of copying PUBG: Battlegrounds, the popular PC battle royale shooter, as well as Apple and Google for allowing the games to be distributed on their respective app stores. Google is also accused of hosting YouTube footage of the two games in question, as well as “many posts featuring a feature-length Chinese film that is nothing more than a brazenly infringing live-action portrayal of Battlegrounds,” according to Krafton.
Free Fire and Free Fire Max, both developed by Garena, are the games that Krafton has a problem with. They’re known as Garena Free Fire and Garena Free Fire Max on both the App Store and Google Play. Both are free to download and use with in-app purchases.
It asked YouTube to remove videos featuring Free Fire and Free Fire Max gameplay “that include elements that blatantly infringe Battlegrounds and, separately, the infringing feature,” which YouTube apparently refused. In 2017, Garena sold a game in Singapore that “copied” PUBG: Battlegrounds, according to Krafton. According to the lawsuit, while disputes about that were settled, no licence agreement was made.