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Microsoft Pulls PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Ad That Appeared to Steal a Fan's Concept

Intellectual property battlegrounds.

News by Nadia Oxford, .

Welcome, one and all, to 2018. If you thought game industry drama took a vacation along with the rest of us, you'd be wrong. Drama never rests. It never sleeps.

At the tail-end of 2017, redditor "Macsterr" made a troubling post on the PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds subreddit. A mock-up ad they made for the Xbox One release of PUBG was seemingly lifted, slightly altered, and used as an official ad for the game. Both pictures feature an armed player standing alone in a field planted on top of an Xbox One console.

Indeed, when you look at the images side-by-side, there's no denying the official ad appears to be more than a little inspired by Macsterr's work. When Macsterr posted their mock-up it quickly garnered over 63k views on the PUBG subreddit, so it's not a stretch to believe whomever worked on the official ad saw it before working on their own iteration.

Microsoft moved quickly to try and make things right. Shortly after Macsterr's thread exploded, Xbox spokesperson Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb posted to say Microsoft has pulled the ad, and will be following up with Macsterr in the future. The swift attempt at a resolution caused redditor "TxColter" to wonder what PUBG fans are supposed to do with their pitchforks, and Major Nelson responded, "I am sure there will be plenty of opportunities to pull them out again in the future."

Wait around for a bit. 2018 has only just begun.

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  • Avatar for Vodka-Tonic #1 Vodka-Tonic 3 months ago
    Happy new year, Nadia!!

    Micro$oft legal army was quick to protect the company, as expected.
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  • Avatar for Roto13 #2 Roto13 3 months ago
    My pitchfork is still plunged into the heart of a random Microsoft employee for cancelling Scalebound. I'm sure he had nothing to do with it but mob justice is mob justice.
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  • Avatar for Hoolo #3 Hoolo 3 months ago
    PUBG: I wish games had better IP protection because of copycats

    Also PUBG: Oh, you made a mock-up ad showcasing our game? That's cute.
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