Bluehole Games Sues Fortnite Maker Epic Alleging Copyright Violation

PUBG, or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was the smash video game hit of 2017. The game was so popular in fact that a number of clones were almost immediately released. These clones roughly copied the game’s style where players fight ala Battle Royale. None of these clones are more popular than Epic Game’s Fortnite. In many ways, Fortnite has already surpassed PUBG culturally.

Fortnite occupies a space where people of all ages can access the game. It is offered for free on PC and many consoles. PUBG is a much more insular community made up of “hardcore” gamers. Some consider PUBG to be more violent since the game is more realistic compared to the cartoonish violence present in Fortnite. Many in the gaming community have likened Fortnite to the “kids meal” version of Battle Royale shooters. That being said, there is a healthy pro gaming interest in both titles.

The lawsuit was originally reported on by The Korea Times. They claim that a lawsuit was filed by PUBG versus Epic Games in Seoul Central District Court. The claim is a basic copyright infringement suit- essentially PUBG is stepping up to claim their trademark. This could also possibly lead to damages if Fortnite is found to have profited on PUBG’s copyright.

There has been talk in US media circles that a lawsuit would be filed- many find that the only surprise is that this suit was filed in Korea and not the United States. Fortnite and other PUBG clones likely have a serious fight on their hands- while some parts of the PUBG engine were licensed to Fornite originally that did not give them carte blanche to copy the game. Apparently, PUBG believes that Fortnite did not change the game enough from the original inspiration.

The court in Seoul has not made a ruling yet, but when that decision comes down it will likely effect lawsuits between the two companies here in the United States. Both appear to be gearing up for a fight in US court, Korea, and likely other places where they hold the PUBG copyright.

Twitch Launches Clips That Will Enable Gamers To Share Their Favorite Moments.

The gamer community and Live streaming platform Twitch has recently launched a new feature that will be used to spread its content further to its website visitors. One of the features is the debuted Clips that will let the website viewers easily and quickly Clip a 30-second portion video from other media live streams. The clips will also include an automatic backlink to the original live broadcaster to ensure the copyright of others is not infringed. Backlinks will also act as a way to send traffic back to the original site where the Clip is shared more broadly.

Twitch has also included the clip-sharing feature in Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit. The sharing buttons are available as small sharing buttons at the top right of the clip and alongside the Clip’s link. When the saved Clips are shared, they connect the viewers directly to the broadcast, and if it is offline, they can still watch the recording right where the clip left off.

The Clip will not be available immediately after the launch according to the company, but will be rolled out to viewers over the course of the coming weeks. The slow rollout strategy is in line with the pattern the company has always used in the release of other previous features including the debut of friends last month. The other feature it has rolled out is Channel feed which let broadcasters easily distribute their content to their audience. With making private messaging easier and supporting for friend lists, Twitch has recorded a significant growth in its social media features on sites in the recent past.

PlayStation Launches with Spotify

The transition day has arrived and Spotify has landed in Sony consoles, going beyond just video games. All those Sony Music Unlimited accounts will now become part of the new PlayStation Music Service, based on Spotify.

Sony said its partnership with Spotify will expand its music service to 41 countries instead of the 19 that were available with Music Unlimited, plus they offer better tools to create your own playlists and discover new music.

PlayStation users have long been able to use their consoles to watch movies in both DVD and via online streaming services from Netflix, Amazon and YouTube. Just two weeks ago, Sony launched an online TV service, PlayStation Vue, offering over 50 channels, both broadcast television and cable, at a cost of $ 50 a month.

Spotify has 60 million active users worldwide, of which 15 million are paying subscribers.

Gamers like Brad Reifler has learned that some of the features include the ability to listen to music while playing a video game and players can still hear the gaming sound effects, or pause the game while you change the volume or other playlists.

The service is free with ads or cost $ 10 a month for a paid version without advertising.

Customers who do not yet have a Spotify account can register via the PlayStation. The new application will automatically appear on the main screen, waiting for you to sign on.