PUBG, an affiliate of South Korean studio Bluehole, is suing the Korean unit of North Carolina-based Epic Games, arguing that its smash hit "Fortnite" copies numerous characteristics of its own "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds".
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Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek and Dr DisRespect, best known for streaming battle royale game PUBG, look like they are getting their wish as files discover new personalized official weapon skins. Anyone who owns a copy of the game can download the PUBG: Experimental Server to play, or update their existing install if they have it from the previous test.
PUBG introduced its game a year ago and it became a huge hit as players embraced the "Hunger Games"-style concept in which 100 players race to kill each other until there's a sole survivor". PUBG began its life as a mod of Arma 3 and was preceded by a similar offering in H1Z1: King of the Kill.
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Part of that is because PUBG uses Unreal Engine 4, and so the companies have briefly worked together in the past, but mostly it's because the people behind PUBG don't want any other companies making their own Battle Royale games.
The legal action comes as Epic Games is looking to expand Fortnite into Korea. According to a recent SuperData report, Fortnite made $223 million in March alone. Last week, Epic announced that it would be investing $100 million into eSports competitions over the next two years.
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PUBG is available now on PC and in Game Preview on Xbox One. The last time a licensor tried to sue Epic Games, it put Too Human developer Silicon Knights out of business when Epic countersued and won in court. Tell us in the comments section!