Game maker says Apple and Google are selling scams in new lawsuit
The creator of the game "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" says in a new U.S. lawsuit that a Singapore-based company made rip-off versions of its game, and Apple and Google have refused to stop selling them.
Krafton Inc alleged in a Los Angeles federal court complaint that Garena Online's "Free Fire" games copy several copyrighted aspects of PUBG: Battlegrounds, including its game structure and in-game items, equipment, and locations.
Battlegrounds was released in 2017. It's one of the first and most successful "battle royale" games, a popular genre that now includes "Fortnite" and "Call of Duty: Warzone."
According to Krafton, Apple and Google have distributed hundreds of millions of copies of the Free Fire games. The complaint says in the first three months of 2021, Garena generated more than $100 million in revenue from Free Fire sales in the U.S.
Krafton also named Google's YouTube as a defendant for allegedly hosting videos of Free Fire gameplay, as well as a Chinese film that Krafton says is a live-action dramatization of its game.
Krafton said it asked Garena, Apple, and Google to stop selling the Free Fire games in December to no avail. It asked the court to block sales of the Free Fire games in addition to requesting damages that include the companies' profits from Free Fire sales.
The companies and Krafton's attorneys didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.