When you are the originator of a whole genre of game and hold the reins of billion-dollar intellectual property, it turns out that imitation isn’t the sincerest form of flattery. It’s the kind of thing that drags you into US federal court. And that’s exactly what Krafton, maker of PUBG Mobile, made to Garena Online on charges that the Singapore-based game developer once again violated its Battle Royale IP. In addition, Krafton has named Google and Apple in its complaint.
This isn’t the first time that Krafton has sued Garena Online. In 2017, Krafton filed a complaint in Singapore for the sale of Free Fire: Battlefields, Garena is suspicious PUBG-like a mobile shooter, but ended up settling this matter. Now Krafton is suing Garena again, for Free fire again, but this time in US federal court.
Krafton alleges that after settling in 2017, Garena immediately resumed the sale Free fire both on Google Play and on the Apple App Store without entering into any kind of license agreement to use the content of the disputed game. Additionally, Garena started selling another battle royale game with questionable copyright pedigree, Max Free Shooting, last September. As such, Krafton sues Garena for copyright infringement, claiming that “Garena has made hundreds of millions of dollars from its worldwide sales of counterfeit apps,” and holds the Google and Apple markets responsible for the damage caused. by hosting the content. Seoul, South Korea, did not specify damages beyond a legal amount of $ 150,000 per violation.
Claims of copyright infringement like this are very common in the tech industry, with legal departments constantly on the lookout for potential intellectual property violations, whether intentional or not. For example, earlier this week the App Store was inundated with counterfeits and clones of the bestselling new mobile app, Wordle, prompting Apple to step in and remove the offending iterations.
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