PUBG Corp., the Korean Subsidiary of Bluehole Studios (the developer of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds), has dropped its lawsuit against Fortnite developer Epic Games Inc. PUBG had filed a copyright infringement claim against Epic in South Korea back in January. According to reports, PUBG alleged that Epic had copied PlayerUnknown’s assets and user interface. You can read our coverage here. However, on Monday, PUBG sent a letter of withdrawal to Epic’s lawyers and the South Korean case was closed. Neither side has stated a reason for the withdrawal. PUBG’s lawsuit against Netease Inc. is still ongoing, and we will continue to provide updates when available.
It is worth noting that Tencent Holdings Ltd., a Chinese social media/gaming company, is a part-owner in both Bluehole Studios and Epic – each to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars – and might not want its investments suing each other. Also, PlayerUnknown’s currently runs on Epic’s Unreal Engine 4, which could also play a part in the settlement. We may never known the exact reason PUBG withdrew, but the cross-over between the two sides could have been a significant factor. As of right now, this appears to be the end of the legal conflict between PUBG and Epic.