A Florida Museum Is Suing Epic Games Over Fortnite Coral Castle Name

by in Fortnite | Aug, 17th 2020

Epic Games is once again caught in a lawsuit, but this time around, it doesn’t have anything to do with the complaint that you might be thinking of. Instead, a Florida museum is suing Epic Games over the Fortnite Coral Castle named location that is, reportedly, a little too close to a real life place.

Epic Games Is Involved in Another Lawsuit

The lawsuit was reported on by Polygon first who discovered that Coral Castle, Inc. is suing the Fortnite developer for its use of the Coral Castle name in Fortnite battle royale. One of the newest and most popular locations in season three right now is Fortnite Coral Castle. 

The named location is still fairly new to the game and this season, but it didn’t take long for the Florida-based museum to take notice of this point of interest and issue a lawsuit to Florida courts. The museum company issued its lawsuit against Epic Games last Thursday at a Miami court. 

The lawsuit is mainly based around the fact that the Fortnite Coral Castle point of interest shares a name with the real Coral Castle place in Florida. It is a real life rock sculpture garden that was first built by Ed Leedskalnin from 1923 to 1951 whence it was completed. 

Since then, the Coral Castle rock garden has become a museum that visitors are able to walk through and tour. According to the museum company who now owns the Coral Castle location, the garden is also known by its “Florida’s Stonehenge” nickname. 

Details of the Lawsuit

Though the museum is closed at this time, likely due to the pandemic that is happening in the world right now, the company still owns the trademark rights to the Coral Castle name. It has caught wind of the exactly the same names and is seeking compensation because of that. 

However, the lawsuit isn’t just based around the similar names that the location in Fortnite and rock garden have in common. The lawsuit also claims that the actual nature of the battle royale named location are too similar, both having “nautical/beach motifs, castle structures, partial castle walls, and stone objects.”

In addition to that, the museum believes that both of the locations give off the feeling of the visitor being in a “centuries old mysterious place.” Because of all of these factors adding up, the lawsuit is claiming that Epic Games is clearly infringing upon the trademark that Coral Castle, Inc. has. 

With this lawsuit, the company is looking to receive monetary damages regarding the confusion that could be associated with the similarities between the two as well as for using the trademarked name without express permission from the company who owns it. 

What We Know About Fortnite Coral Castle

The lawyers who are working on behalf of Coral Castle, inc. are, specifically, citing the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Law as the basis for this lawsuit. Without a doubt, there are similarities between the two as Fortnite Coral Castle is actually based around Atlantis. 

With the release of Aquaman this season in Fortnite, Epic Games gave players a crossover location to visit in Coral Castle, similar to how Deadpool was handled in the previous season. The water receded enough recently to reveal this ruined underwater castle-like named location. 

It is located north of Sweaty Sands in the former location of the string of islands and Coral Cove from the past two seasons. Though it isn’t named after Atlantis officially, it is clear that this location was the new crossover point of interest to celebrate the release of the official Aquaman skin.

It is unclear at this time if any inspiration for the design and overall name of Coral Castle was taken from the real life rock sculpture garden. It is possible, but it is also possible that Epic Games wasn’t even aware of this museum or the name that it shares in common with the battle royale location. 

After all, Coral Cove is near where the new Coral Castle is found, with the latter taking its place. Epic Games is known for changing a location and keeping a similar name to what it was before. This happened with Weeping Woods, Neo Tilted, and many more. 

It is possible that Epic Games simply wanted to keep the coral aspect of the name and emphasize that it is now a castle, hence the name. Regardless of the reason behind the name of the Fortnite location, the North Carolina-based developer is now caught up in yet another lawsuit that it will have to contend with.

This Is Far From the Only Lawsuit for Epic Games Right Now

The lawyers who work with Epic Games are likely quite busy these days, as this particular case is far from the only one that the Fortnite company is dealing with at this time. Last week was also when Epic played its biggest cards in relation to the massive tech company Apple. 

It all began with the release of the Mega Drop event where the Fortnite developer announced it is permanently reducing the cost of V-Bucks for most players on every platform. All console and PC versions have been changed to reflect this cheaper price, while mobile is a little trickier.

Players on iOS and Android devices are able to enjoy the reduced price, too, but only if they go through Epic directly and not through the App Store and Google Play Store, respectively. According to Apple, this is a move that was done without its express consent and, therefore, violates terms that Epic agreed to.

It didn’t take long at all for both Apple and Google to remove Fortnite from their respective stores and for Epic Games to issue a lawsuit in retaliation, though both versions are still playable. We are still very early in these cases, so stay tuned for more updates as we find out more. 


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