In April, PUBG corp, a game developer filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against NetEase, a Chinese game developer, alleging that the defendants who developed Knives Out and Rules of Survival, two battle royale games deduced great inspirations from the plaintiff.
The plaintiff, popular for its PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds game claims that NetEase took many elements directly from their Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds game, ranging from the winning salute to buildings in the game.
In reaction to the suit, NetEase argued that the claim is false adding that developers added ideas and gameplay mechanics do not have copyright protection.
“This litigation is a shameless attempt by the PUBG …to monopolize the ‘battle royale’ genre of video games and inhibit legitimate competition,” NetEase reportedly said. “Plaintiffs’ copyright claim is premised on alleged similarities in ideas, a merger of ideas and expression, scenes a faire, and game rules and mechanics. Copyright does not protect any of these aspects of PUBG’s game.” NetEase Claims.
NetEase said the suit should be dismissed.
The case is currently pending.
PUBG Corporation et al v. NetEase, Inc. et al
|California Northern District Court|
|Judge:||Jeffrey S White|
|Nature of Suit||Copyrights|
|Case Filed:||Apr 02, 2018|