PUBG developer Krafton has filed a lawsuit against Free Fire developer Garena, Apple and Google


PUBG developer Krafton has filed a lawsuit against Garena, Apple and Google. Krafton alleged that Garena – which published the battle royale games Free Fire and Free Fire Max – copied PUBG: Battlegrounds and is suing Apple and Google for distributing the games on their respective app stores. Krafton also accused Google of hosting videos on YouTube that show Garena’s Free Fire and Free Fire Max gameplay. Krafton also reportedly took some action against the battle royale games in question.

According to copyright infringement complaint, shared by The edge, Krafton filed a lawsuit against Garena, developer of Free Fire and Free Fire Max. The PUBG developer has alleged that Garena copied its popular battle royale title. Krafton further mentioned in the lawsuit that Garena had earned “hundreds of millions of dollars” from the sales of two games and that Apple and Google had made significant revenue from the distribution of the two Free Fire apps. Both apps are still listed on Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Krafton says it took action against Free Fire and Free Fire Max on December 21. The first was to ask Garena “to immediately cease its operation of Free Fire and Free Fire Max, including revoking its apparent authorization from Apple and Google.” Garena apparently refused to do so. Separately, the PUBG developer also asked Apple and Google to “stop distributing and exploiting” the two games on their platforms, the two app stores still listed.

YouTube has also been asked to remove numerous videos on its platforms that include “material that grossly infringes Battlegrounds, and separately, the infringing feature. These videos are still available on the video-sharing platform If you’re intrigued by said movie, here’s a taste.

Additionally, the lawsuit also mentions that Garena sold a game in 2017 in Singapore that allegedly copied PUBG: Battlegrounds. Krafton mentioned that although the claims were settled, there was no licensing agreement between the two game developers.

According to Sensor Tower data shared with The Verge, Free Fire earned $1.1 billion (about Rs 8,153 crore) in player spending in 2021, showing a 48% year-on-year growth. ‘other. While the amount Krafton earned during the same period was $2.98 billion (about Rs 22,087 crore), it only posted a 7% year-on-year growth. other. The post also verified the data from Appfigures and mentions that while the revenue figures were different, the data suggests that Free Fire is getting closer to PUBG in terms of popularity and revenue.

A spokesperson for Sea, Garena’s parent company, told The Verge that “Krafton’s claims are baseless.”

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