When a game becomes popular, more often than not we see an influx of clone apps that attempt to mimic the game. Whether these apps are designed to be an actual game or a scam that tries to leverage the game’s popularity is hard to say, but clones are pretty common and many developers are probably not thrilled by it.
So much so that PUBG’s developer, Krafton, has decided to take legal action not against the developers of the clone apps, but against the likes of Apple, Google, and Garena over the various PUBG-like clones found in the respective app stores.
In Garena’s case, Krafton alleges that the company created games called Free Fire and Free Fire Max that were designed to be PUBG clones. Krafton also claims that Apple and Google helped to distribute hundreds of millions of copies of the games which in turn allowed Garena to profit massively over it, while also generating revenue for Apple and Google through in-app purchases.
Krafton also says that they informed Apple that these games infringed upon their copyright, but they have not done anything to take the apps down from the App Store. The company is now seeking damages along with the profits that Apple and Google made from helping push the sale of the clone apps.