Playerunnow’s Battlegrounds studio Krafton has filed lawsuits against Apple, Google, YouTube and free-to-play game company Garina over two mobile games, Freefire (originally called Freefire: Battle Grounds) and Freefire: Max. “Copy many aspects of the massive ground-breaking Battle Royale game,” he said.
According to the lawsuit (via The Verge), shortly after the launch of PUBG, Garena started selling free fire in Singapore in 2017. This apparently led to a complaint and a settlement, but the settlement did not include any licensing deal or permission to distribute the game. Nevertheless, a mobile version of the game appeared that year on the App Store and Google Play, followed by Free Firemax in 2018.
The suite claims that both games have duplicate PUBG features including a “unique game opening ‘airdrop” feature, game structure and game, weapon combination and selection, armor, and unique items, locations, and color scheme, content. The overall choice of., And texture. “
Crafton alleges that Garina made “hundreds of millions of dollars” globally through app sales and in-app purchases. It also points the finger at Apple and Google, which have bankrolled in-app purchases (each taking one percent of purchases through their in-game payment processing system) while refusing Crafton’s request to stop the distribution of the games.
YouTube has also been named as the defendant, along with Freefire and Freefire Max gameplay, as well as the Chinese feature film Biubiubiu, an unauthorized adaptation of Battlegrounds, which features a dramatic version of Live Action. Host (and refuse to remove) battlefield gameplay. “
Videogame analyst Daniel Ahmed actually pointed out the possibility of copyright infringement in July 2021:
Here is the official poster, which is infringing the copyright? Who knows TBH? But PUBG (PC) and Peacekeeper Elite (Mobile) are hugely popular in China, and it is not surprising to see such films being made. It will be released on August 6 on Youku (Chinese only) pic.twitter.com/bfmKb0JCKe.July 24, 2021
Interestingly, the lawsuit claims that before attempting to remove Biubiubiu, Krafton filed a copyright infringement notice on another film, such as PUBG, called Run Amuck. In this case, YouTube took action (although the movie is available), which Crafton sees as evidence of double standards on the work: Lack of depth. Pockets needed to fully compensate YouTube for liability for copyright infringement, “the suit said.
Crafton also cited a similar lawsuit filed by UB Swift against Google, Apple and game developer AJO in May 2020 over the Rainbow Six Sage mobile clone. “Apple and Google have refused to comply with the video game developer’s request to remove the infringing game from their respective stores,” the suit said. “After the developer filed a lawsuit against the violating developer and Apple and Google, the violating developer removed the app himself. The important thing is that Apple and Google never did anything on their own. No action taken. “
In that case, Ubisoft withdrew its legal action against all parties after the Rainbow Six Sage clone was removed from sale, and this may be the case. For now, though, Krafton is seeking a restraining order against the sale of Freefire and Freefire Max, the posting of videos of one of the game and Biubiubiu movie, and all kinds of financial losses. The amount involved may be substantial: Garina is not particularly well-known, but in 2020 its parent holding company, C-Limited, reported revenue of over $ 2 billion in the “digital entertainment” category alone.