Chelsea have completed the signing of Mohamed Salah from Basle. “We lose an experienced top player like Juan, but we bring in a young player with great potential. “Willian did that transition from his previous world to the top world of football. Hopefully, if Salah comes, he can do the same. “We are ready to help, we are ready to support. “He has some experience in Europe, the Europa League, Champions League, so he’s not a naive boy arriving in the jungle. “Hopefully he comes and hopefully with the talented players we have around in the same positions we all can develop together.” Mourinho believes Salah is joining the right club to grow as a person and as a player after he was caught up in controversy during his time at Basle. During a two-legged Champions League qualifier between the Swiss side and Maccabi Tel Aviv last August, Salah refused to shake hands – instead changing his boots in one instance and bumping fists with his opponents in the other – while there were also comments attributed to him expressing an anti-Israeli sentiment. Salah insisted the comments were fictitious and his actions were a result of external pressures. Yet Mourinho has promised to nurture the 21-year-old at Chelsea, who are owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who is Jewish. “It’s not a concern, because we know the club Chelsea is, I know the manager I am,” Mourinho said. “I know that Chelsea’s capable of helping people and making people feel the way we think people should feel, which is in football and in life be open and respectful to every ethnicity, to every religion. “People has the right to be what they are. Chelsea as a club, and me as a manager, we will be more than ready to help him.” Salah has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract and will wear the number 15 shirt for Chelsea. He said: “I’m very happy to sign for such a big club. I hope I can make the Chelsea supporters happy.” Press Association The Blues announced on Thursday night the signing of the 21-year-old Egyptian winger, subject to the agreement of personal terms and the signing of a medical. And, before Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie with Stoke, the club confirmed the deal has been concluded. The deal is for a reported fee of £11million as Chelsea signed the forward ahead of Liverpool. Once it was clear Juan Mata was to join Manchester United, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho began looking for a replacement and Salah immediately came to mind. Salah has played against Chelsea four times in the last 12 months, scoring three times, including in Basle’s two Champions League Group E victories over Mourinho’s men earlier this season. Speaking on Friday, Mourinho spoke of his admiration for Salah, the potential of the player and said the Blues made their move quickly. “I like the fact that he can play the same way our attacking players do, which is players with adaptability, to play right, left, or behind the striker,” Mourinho said. “He’s young, he’s fast, he’s creative, he’s enthusiastic. When we analysed him he looks the kind of humble personality on the pitch, ready to work for the team and to work and to adapt himself to a new life. “We believe if he comes that he will have a similar process to the Willian one. Willian needed two or three months to grow up and to feel comfortable playing for us (following his August signing from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala). “We think with him and (Andre) Schurrle, (Eden) Hazard, Oscar and Willian we will be fine.
Last Friday, a representative from PUBG Corporation – developers of widely-popular battle royale shooter PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – announced they had filed a copyright violation lawsuit against Epic Games’ Fortnite, for its similarity to PUBG.The two titles have had somewhat of a tumultuous relationship as they fight over an explosive battle royale audience; while our knowledge of the lawsuit is limited at this point, there’s a lot to consider in weighing out the results of a potential case.What we know“We filed the suit to protect our copyright,” the company told the Korea Times.This is about the extent of which is confirmed on the lawsuit thus far, a lot of speculation is floating around regarding how the two might clash in court and what this could mean for the future of Fortnite if found guilty of copyright infringement – let’s get into what we do know. Both PUBG and Fortnite share an undeniable likeness to one another; last-man-standing shooters where 100 players jump from the sky and scavenge for items presents arguments for the similarity of the games. While PUBG was up and running well before Fortnite was, the concept of battle royale or last-man-standing isn’t new at all; even Minecraft and GTA V sported their own battle royale variant at one point before PUBG hit the market. If PUBG Corp plans on arguing on the basis that Epic Games is infringing copyright by making a game within the same genre, they’ll likely be unsuccessful in their case without stronger foundation.PUBG and Fortnite share DNA in the form of Unreal Engine, a suite of tools for game developers to design and build games. Both battle royale giants were made in Unreal Engine, which is owned by Epic Games; the only plausible case we can gather PUBG could form is that Epic Games lifted existing code from what PUBG had created and either implemented it directly or enhanced it for Fortnite. There’s still very little known about the case itself right now, we’ll likely have to wait this one out to see how exactly it unfolds.Imitate vs. recreateCopyright is a bit of a sensitive subject – the legal rights ensure creators of original work bear the exclusive rights of its use and distribution. A grey area exists in deeming copyright infringement, and there is always the age-old debate between what is imitating and what is recreating. Fair use is a murky territory within copyright law, essentially it allows for copywritten material to be used to an extent before infringing upon the rights to exclusivity. Whether use can be considered fair use or not can only be resolved in federal court, therefore predicting the result of a PUBG Corp vs Epic Games legal quarrel would be a long shot – however, we can make some assumptions based on what is typically looked at in these cases (if it makes it to court). If it’s discovered Epic Games lifted code directly from PUBG without modifying it they’ll have some sort of case on their hands. Then again, if it’s found Epic tweaked existing codes into something new or different, they’ll likely have the upper-hand in this dispute. Mind you, a potential plagiarism of PUBG’s code on behalf of Epic’s Fortnite is only speculation.Epic did reference PUBG in the development of Fortnite’s battle royale variant though, stating “We love battle royale games like PUBG and thought Fortnite would make a great foundation for our own version”. So while the question of imitation still looms, there was certainly an inspiration behind Fortnite’s own last-man-standing game mode. Epic Games could have potentially sealed their own fate however by publicly announcing their motivation from PUBG to create their own battle royale mode; using another game’s brand to promote your own may be subject to legal penalty – another limb protected under copyright law. Even then, infringement of this nature is subjective to the courts, so there’s no telling whether Epic can be referenced in violation of their statement including PUBG or not.Lastly, it’s important to note that the colossal Chinese gaming developer and investor Tencent is now in the crossfire as a result of the Fortnite and PUBG feud. With Tencent holding 40% of Epic Games and reportedly planning on investing $470 million into PUBG developers Bluehole, the dispute is going to cause some additional abrasiveness. It may be possible the lawsuit gets dropped solely based off Tencent’s large involvement.Esports Insider says: With little mention of the case details besides it being a copyright violation suit, we’re going to have to wait until this allegation unfolds before we start learning more about it. If the lawsuit does, in fact, make it to the courtroom, we suspect the question of imitation versus inspiration will be a dominant theme. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on the case and provide updates along the way.