PUBG Corp’s Lawsuit Against NetEase (ROS and Knives Out)

Understand what exactly PUBG Corp is questioning the Rules of Survival and Knives Outsuit. “But is not PUBG a copy of ARMA 3 and H1Z1?” This article is to clarify the previous news, as many people on social networks were releasing the hand of wrong arguments and making strange statements.

First of all, it’s worth remembering that the process is not about the PUBG Mobile vs. Knives Out / ROS, but rather about the original PC PUBG.

What is PUBG Corp asking?

PUBG Corp. wants damages because NetEase has taken advantage of the success of PUBG (PC, not Mobile) to promote its games. The amount of compensation is negligible near what NetEase profited from its Knives Out and Rules of Survival.

What is being questioned is NOT the fact that the game has a Battle Royale mode, but several elements that the games have to resemble each other. Buildings, structures, weapons, equipment, how the characters are presented, how they walk, and even how to strike with the frying pan.

What is being questioned is NOT the fact that there is a Battle Royale mode, but several elements that the games have look like PUBG.

Understand PUBG Corp's lawsuit against NetEase (ROS and Knives Out)

Well, I do not know if I have the legal permission to post part of the process here. But in this link, you find the complete process. Just turn a few pages to see the side-by-side comparison of buildings, weapons and other things that PUBG Corp. accuses of plagiarism. It’s even understandable that much of what’s in Rules of Survival and Knives Out reminds PUBG, NetEase might have been more careful when it came to ‘breathing in’.

“Ah but the PUBG is copy of H1Z1”

Understand PUBG Corp's lawsuit against NetEase (ROS and Knives Out)

It is worth remembering that the servant of the mod of Battle Royale in Weapon 3, and who worked on H1Z1, Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene is the consultant behind PUBG. In other words, that’s why the game has the name of PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds, it was the “nickname”, for which Brendan was known in the modder scenario. So it would be basically to say that Brendan was copying himself from creating PUBG. An unfounded argument.

“And now, what about my Knives Out / Rules of Survival?”

Almost certainly nothing will change. The amount requested by PUBG Corp is down (US $ 150 thousand, something of R $ 495 thousand). This is “change of card” near which NetEase has already profited from both games. Just to get an idea, Knives Out earned $ 24 million dollars (around $ 79 million).

In addition, a similar case has already happened. As in the case of Mobile Legends vs League of Legends. The MOBA mobile game inspired by the PC success game is still there, steady and strong. It was not disclosed, but it appears that the companies have reached an agreement. It may be that the same thing happens in this case of PUBG Corp vs. NetEase.

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