PUBG Mobile and Free Fire, both are the most popular Battle Royale Games for Mobile users and both the battle royale titles have seen incredible growth in recent years.
Recently, The Parent company of PUBG Mobile, Krafton filed a lawsuit in the US District Court in California against Garena for allegedly copying its game without paying any license fees. Krafton also sued Apple and Google for distributing those games in their respective App Stores.
Not only this, but Krafton has also filed a separate lawsuit against Youtube for hosting Garena Free Fire videos and other related content and as well as “numerous posts containing a feature-length Chinese film that is nothing more than a blatantly infringing live-action dramatisation of Battlegrounds”.
Krafton Vs Garena: The Battle?
Krafton has mentioned issues in particularly two games that Garena had released, “Free Fire” which was released in 2017 and “Free Fire Max” which was recently released in September 2021, both the games are accused of copying the looks and elements of PUBG Mobile.
“Free Fire and Free Fire Max extensively copy numerous aspects of Battlegrounds, both individually and in combination, including Battlegrounds’ copyrighted unique game-opening ‘air drop’ feature, the game structure and play, the combination and selection of weapons, armour, and unique objects, locations, and the overall choice of colour schemes, materials, and textures,” Krafton said.
Krafton further said that Garena has earned hundreds of millions of dollars from the In-app purchase. Google and Apple are accused of the same issue as both the companies take substantial amounts of revenues made on their App Stores.
According to the report, Krafton had earlier asked Garena to immediately stop the redistribution of Free Fire and Free Fire Max, to which Garena refused.
Krafton had also asked Google and Apple to remove Free Fire games from their app stores but they are still available.
In a media report, A spokesperson from Garena’s parent company “Sea” said, “All the Krafton’s claims are Groundless”. More details about the issue are expected as days pass.