The company behind 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' has reportedly dropped its lawsuit against the wildly popular 'Fortnite'

PUBG versus Fortnite: Battle Royale

  • The company behind “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” has dropped its copyright infringement lawsuit against the creators of “Fortnite,” Bloomberg reports.
  • PUBG filed the lawsuit against Epic Games based on the same reason the two games became overnight successes: The wildly popular “battle-royale” type gameplay.
  • It followed PUBG filing an injunction against Epic Games in January, claiming that the company copied its user interface and weapon items.
  • The two companies do have things in common, not least the same investor.

The creators of one of the biggest games this past year has dropped its copyright infringement lawsuit against Epic Games, the company behind the smash-hit “Fortnite,” according to Bloomberg.

South Korea-based PUBG Corp, the creators of “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” (PUBG) withdrew from its claim and the case is reportedly closed. PUBG Corp alleged in its suit that Epic Games’ South Korean offices copied its intellectual property to create “Fortnite.”

Bluehole, the company behind “PUBG,” was not available for comment.

The lawsuit, which was first reported on last month, was based on the same reason the two games became overnight successes: The wildly popular “battle-royale” type gameplay that pits 100 players against each other until one player or team is left standing.

PUBG Corp originally filed an injunction against Epic Games in January this year, claiming that the company had copied its user interface and weapon items, according to the BBC.

PUBG Corp’s lawsuit was criticized by people who suggested it was an overreaching claim — the concept of copyrighting a gameplay, such as “capture-the-flag,” brings into question the game’s originality, and a ruling on the issue could have set a wide precedent for future games.

“Epic Games references ‘PUBG’ in the promotion of ‘Fortnite’ to their community and in communications with the press,” Bluehole vice president and executive producer Chang Han Kim said in the press release in September 2017. “This was never discussed with us and we don’t feel that it’s right.”

“PUBG” was released as an early-access on Steam in March 2017. Epic Games launched “Fortnite” in July 2017 and rolled out its battle royale mode in September.

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PUBG Corp and Epic Games have things in common

But the two companies do have things in common. PUBG utilized Epic Games’ Unreal Engine technology for its game, and both companies share the same mutual investor: Chinese holding company Tencent.

Although “Fortnite” is a free-to-play game with in-game transactions, PUBG’s price ranges from $19.99 on PC, to $29.99 on Xbox.

“Fortnite” boasts an estimated 125 million players and was recently released on Nintendo Switch, which amassed over 2 million downloads within 24 hours of its release.

“PUBG” on the other hand, may be experiencing a declining player base on the PC — the game reportedly peaked in January with 3.2 million concurrent players on Steam, and eventually tapered down to 1.7 million concurrent players in June. Still, the game has put up impressive sales numbers for the PC with around 30 million lifetime sales, totaling about $1 billion in one year.

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We May Finally Know Some Details About Criminal Minds Season 14 – Cinema Blend

Again, this is unconfirmed, so it’s currently just Harry Bring’s word against a wall of silence. But if he’s right, then that creates an interesting situation for Criminal Minds. Never have any of the previous seasons’ episode counts dipped below 20, which happened only once in Season 3; Season 4 had the most installments of them all, with 26. With its roots in procedural storytelling, this is a show that tends to utilize the traditional long-form season, and CBS is usually right on board. But if Season 14 only gets 15 episodes, then fans might have even more of a reason to think that this will be the show’s final year.

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50 Cent mocked Terry Crews' sexual-assault testimony in an Instagram post he later deleted

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  • The rapper 50 Cent mocked Terry Crews in a now deleted Instagram post following Crews’ testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday about his allegations of sexual assault against a Hollywood agent.
  • The post included an image of Crews shirtless with the words: “I got raped. My wife just watched.”

The rapper 50 Cent mocked the actor Terry Crews in an Instagram post following Crews’ testimony on Tuesday to the Senate Judiciary Committee on a bill known as the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights.

In his testimony, Crews discussed his allegations of sexual assault against the Hollywood agent Adam Venit, who was the head of the motion-picture department at the talent agency William Morris Endeavor.

“As I shared my story, I was told over and over that this was not abuse,” Crews said. “This was just a joke. This was just horseplay. But I can say one man’s horseplay is another man’s humiliation. And I chose to tell my story and share my experience to stand in solidarity with millions of other survivors around the world. I know how hard it is to come forward. I know the shame associated with the assault. It happened to me.”

50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, has since deleted the post. Deadline reported that it included an image of Crews shirtless with the words: “I got raped. My wife just watched.” A second image featured Crews with a rose in his mouth and the words “Gym time.”

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Jackson’s caption on the post went further in mocking Crews’ testimony: “LOL What the f— is going on out here man? Terry: I froze in fear. They would have had to take me to jail. Get the strap.”

Jackson’s Starz series, “Power,” which he executive produces and stars in, premieres its fifth season on Sunday. Deadline noted that Jackson has previously made controversial posts and deleted them around the release of major projects. In January, he posted and later deleted a video speaking out against the cable company Altice for removing “Power” from its Starz lineup, which corresponded with the release of Jackson’s movie “Den of Thieves.”

SEE ALSO: Terry Crews said he was dropped from ‘Expendables 4’ in retaliation for his allegation of sexual assault against a Hollywood agent

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Happy Birthday, Kirsten Vangsness: 15 Photos From Her Years on Criminal Minds – Parade

Kirsten Vangsness as Penelope Garcia

Kirsten Vangsness as Penelope Garcia
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Best birthday wishes to Kirsten Vangsness, who turns 47 on Saturday, July 7, 2018.

Vangsness is an original member of the Criminal Minds cast, having played Penelope Garcia since the series premiered in 2005, who even though the technical genius member of the team, is nonetheless its heart and soul.

“I always say she’s the empathy,” the native Californian tells Parade.com. “Everyone once in a while someone else can cringe for something, but it’s a noticeable thing when another character goes, ‘Wow! This is intense,’ or ‘This is hard.’ But Garcia can react to everything. She gets to be the voice of the audience. Also, she’s like the homing device for all of them. She brings all of them together.”

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In addition to being an irreplaceable member of the cast, Vangsness has co-written four episodes of Criminal Minds with executive producer Erica Messer. In 2015 she co-wrote “Nelson’s Sparrow;” in 2016 she co-wrote “A Beautiful Disaster;” in 2017 she co-wrote “Spencer;” and in 2018, she co-wrote “Full-Tilt Boogie.”

In honor of her birthday, we are taking a look at 15 photos of Vangsness and the unique stylings of Penelope Garcia on Criminal Minds.

“I get all my glasses at Lenscrafters!” Vangsness says of the many different pairs she sports on the show. “A black pair is Brooks Brothers, an amber pair is Versace, and I forget what the red pair is. Before Criminal Minds, I was always a ‘one pair’ kind of girl, but Garcia needs them to color coordinate with her outfit creations.”

Criminal Minds will return for its 14th season this fall on CBS.

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