PUBG Mobile game is one of the best selling mobile game on mobile in 2021. This one occupies the sixth place in the ranking of last year. Its creator, Krafton, intends to maintain this place if he does not progress in the rankings. As a result, he takes a dim view of his competitor Garena Online, whose Free Fire games clearly overshadowed PUBG Mobile last year, thanks to their viral side.
Credit – PUBG Mobile Worse, according to Krafton, Garena would have copied several aspects of his flagship game to set up his own games. A situation that therefore led the South Korean company to sue Garena Online and the main application stores.
Garena sued for plagiarism , Apple and Google for complicity
In his lawsuit, Krafton pointed the finger at several of the Free Fire games that would be copies of their game PUBG Mobile. A situation that would date from 2017 after the release of Free Fire: Battlegrounds. At the time, complaints had been made and an amicable settlement had been discussed between the two parties.
However, no licensing agreement had been reached between Krafton and Garena. This did not prevent, the rival of PUBG Mobile, from releasing in September 2017, a new game called Free FireMAX. A game that offers the same features as the Free Fire game. Which implies plagiarism of aspects of the PUBG Mobile game.
In his complaint, Krafton also indicated that the infringing game would have earned hundreds of millions of dollars for its creators. A financial windfall from which Apple and Google would have benefited thanks to the commissions they received on sales through the App Store and Google Store.
Krafton also cited YouTube in its complaint. The company blames the video-on-demand platform for hosting several videos relating to Free Fire and Free Fire MAX games. Videos which naturally made hundreds of millions of views and boosted the popularity of the game.
Krafton fears to be again victim of the application clones
Before seeking the intervention of the legal authorities, Krafton approached Apple and Google on 21 December 2021, to solve the problem. However, both companies have responded unfavorably to the request to remove the game from their app stores. The same goes for YouTube, which refused to remove videos relating to Garena’s games from its platform.
By embarking on this legal adventure, Krafton hopes to protect its new game entitled PUBG: New State . The latter contains new elements that could be taken over again by Garena or other unscrupulous developers.
On the other hand, it must be pointed out that application clones are a real problem for app stores. For example, just this week, Apple had to remove several pirated versions of the popular game Wordle from its store.
A gesture that comes at a time when the Cupertino company is facing a lawsuit. by a developer who feels aggrieved by cloned versions of his application.