The relationship between Fortnite developer and publisher Epic Games and Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp. PlayerUnknown was considered somewhat controversial in the face of competition from the two games – not to mention sueing Epic less than two years ago.
Brian Corrigan, the studio director of PUBG Corp., claimed that this could not be further from the truth. He told PCGamesN: "People have the idea that there is something hostile or similar with Epic, but they are one of our best partners, we talk to them all the time!"
The relationship between the two companies is complicated. PUBG Corp. Already filed a lawsuit against Epic in 2017, shortly after voicing "mounting concerns over the similarities between Battle Royale mode in Epic Games & # 39; revamped Fortnite and PUBG". The lawsuit was later discontinued.
The parent company of PUBG Corp., Bluehole, has entered into a license agreement with Epic for the Unreal Engine development tool used by PUBG. In addition, both companies belong to the same company, Tencent.
While Epic cited PUBG openly as the main inspiration for his Battle Royale mode, the latter has since taken over ideas from Fortnite, which has been unbelievably successful. For example, Fortnite has released the Seasons and Battle Pass format for updates, and PUBG has just launched its fourth season.