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Garena replies to Krafton over copyright infringement lawsuit; says, “Claims are groundless”

As many already knows, Krafton, the creator of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), has sued Garena for several copyright violations. In a federal court in Los Angeles, the Korean business filed a complaint against the Singaporean group.

It alleged that Garena copied various features of PUBG’s copyright, including its structure, pre-game waiting lobby area, leaping from the plane, in-game merchandise, equipment, play maps, and locations. Krafton also brought before the court Garena’s two battle royale games, Free Fire and Free Fire Max.

However, yesterday one of the officials from Garena have replied regarding this matter. According to PlayerIGN’s Twitter post, the official stated Krafton’s claims are baseless.

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Prior to filing the case, the Bundang-gu, Seongnam, South Korean-based firm requested that Garena stop marketing Free Fire and Free Fire Max in December, but the latter refused.

Similarly, Krafton requested that Apple and Google discontinue selling both titles, but to no result. Furthermore, they demanded that YouTube remove a large number of postings with both titles, but they did not comply.

The letter from Krafton’s lawsuit stated:

“Since the initial release, Garena has wrongfully authorized Apple and Google to distribute hundreds of millions of copies of the Free Fire app through their respective online ‘app’ stores — the Apple App Store and the Google Play store. Indeed, upon information and belief, Garena has earned hundreds of millions of dollars from its global sales of the infringing apps, and many of the infringing acts have occurred in the United States. Upon information and belief, Apple and Google have similarly earned a substantial amount of revenue from their distribution of Free Fire, as both platforms retain a significant portion of what users spend within the infringing game.”

– Krafton

To this claim’s reply, Jason Golz, a spokesperson for Garena parent company Sea, tells The Verge that:

“Krafton’s claims are groundless.”

– Jason Golz

Whereas, Apple and Google didn’t immediately reply to this claim of Krafton.

Before, fans of both Garena and Krafton were anticipating that the lawsuit will be closed as Garena will comply with the latter and compensate them. But further revelations on this case only adds fuel to the fire.

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The fate of Garena is yet to be decided in the future to come, as it seems that they are not willing to give up and compensate Krafton so easily.

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Shazia Irani

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