Last year, PUBG Corp, makers of … well, PUBG … took legal action against NetEase for a pair of free-to-play battle royale games — Knives Out and Rules of Survival — made by the latter that bore striking similarities to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
We showed off some of the “copycat” accusations from the legal filing when we wrote about this last April, and while there were a number of uncanny resemblances, this is a Chinese game company (NetEase) we’re talking about. Copying Western games is something like 90% of their business (rough estimate).
Now we’ve learned that the two companies have come to a settlement regarding the matter, as reported by McArthur Law (and spotted by Gamasutra). It is noted that NetEase made 21 updates to Knives Out, including nine after litigation was brought, to patch out the supposed similarities between the two games.
We’ll likely never know what the details of the settlement were, but if they don’t require one side to treat the other to a chicken dinner, then that’s a legal failure of the most epic proportions.