Krafton Filed Lawsuit Against Garena, Apple, Google
PUBG developer Krafton has filed a lawsuit in opposition to Garena, Apple, and Google. Krafton alleged that Garena – which launched battle royale video games Free Fire and Free Fire Max – has copied PUBG: Battlegrounds and is suing Apple and Google for distributing the video games on their respective app shops. Krafton additionally accused Google of internet hosting movies on YouTube that present the gameplay of Garena’s Free Fire and Free Fire Max. Krafton has additionally allegedly taken a couple of actions in opposition to battle royale video games in query.
As per the complaint of copyright infringement, shared by The Verge, Krafton has filed a lawsuit in opposition to Free Fire and Free Fire Max developer Garena. The developer of PUBG alleged that Garena has copied its common battle royale title. Krafton additional talked about within the lawsuit that Garena has earned “hundreds of millions of dollars” from gross sales from two video games and that Apple and Google have earned vital income from the distribution of the 2 Free Fire apps. Both apps are nonetheless listed on Apple’s App Store and Google Play store.
Krafton claims that it took actions in opposition to Free Fire and Free Fire Max on December 21. First of which included asking Garena to “immediately stop its exploitation of Free Fire and Free Fire Max, including by revoking its apparent authorisation to Apple and Google.” Garena apparently refused to take action. Furthermore, PUBG’s developer additionally requested Apple and Google to “cease distributing and exploiting” the 2 video games on their platforms, each app shops nonetheless listed.
YouTube was additionally requested to take away quite a few movies on its platforms that embody “elements that blatantly infringe Battlegrounds, and separately, the infringing feature-length film. These videos are still available on Google’s video sharing platform. If you’re intrigued about the said film, here’s a sneak peak.
Additionally, the lawsuit also mentioned Garena sold a game in 2017 in Singapore that is said to have copied PUBG: Battlegrounds. Krafton mentioned that while the claims were settled, there was no licensing agreement between the two gaming developers.
As per Sensor Tower data shared with The Verge, Free Fire has earned $1.1 billion (roughly Rs. 8,153 crore) in player spending in 2021, that shows a 48 percent year-on-year growth. While, the amount that Krafton earned during the same period was $2.98 billion (roughly Rs. 22,087 crore), it showed only 7 percent year-on-year growth. The publication also verified the data from Appfigures and mentions that even though the revenue figures were different, the data suggested that Free Fire was inching closer to PUBG in terms of popularity and revenue.
A spokesperson from Sea, the parent company of Garena, told The Verge that “Krafton’s claims are groundless.”
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