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PUBG creator wants Garena Free Fire banned, sues Apple & Google

The maker of the popular game ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ (PUBG) Krafton has filed lawsuit against Apple and Google. Krafton is unhappy with Apple and Google over their stand on Garena’s Free Fire game. For those unaware, while Krafon’s PUBG was the 2021’s No. 1 game in terms of monthly active users, Garena Free Fire topped the tally in terms of downloads. Here’s what the fight is all about.

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What is the dispute over

The dispute is over Singapore-based company Garena’s Free Fire game.

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Why PUBG maker wants Garena Free Fire banned

PUBG maker Krafton alleges that the game copies several copyrighted aspects of PUBG: Battlegrounds, including its game structure and in-game items, equipment, and locations.

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What do Apple and Google have to do with Garena Free Fire

Krafton says that Apple and Google have refused to stop selling the game. The lawsuit says that Garena, owned by Singapore-based Sea Ltd, started selling Free Fire through Apple and Google’s app stores in 2017. In 2021, the two companies also started selling another infringing game called “Free Fire MAX”.

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PUBG complaint also names YouTube

Krafton also named Google’s YouTube for allegedly hosting videos of Free Fire gameplay, as well as a Chinese film that it says is a live-action dramatization of its game.

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What Krafton wants from Apple, Google and Garena

Krafton says that it asked Garena, Apple, and Google to stop selling the Free Fire games in December 2021. However, none of the companies accepted the demand. PUBG maker has now asked the court to block sales of the Free Fire games. It has also requested damages that include the companies’ profits from Free Fire sales.

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PUBG has also filed case against Fortnite

Incidentally, this is reportedly not the first time that PUBG developers have filed a lawsuit against a competing battle royale game. In 2018, Krafton sued Fortnite to “protect copyright”.

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