Westworld game developer, Behavior Interactive, and publisher, Warner Bros, are being sued by Bethesda for allegedly willfully and intentionally infringing Bethesda’s copyrights, misappropriating Bethesda’s trading secrets, deceptive business practices and unfair competition through their development, marketing and promotion of the Westworld mobile game.
According to the suit filed, Bethesda is suing Behavior Interactive for breach of contract, while Warner Brothers is being sued for inducement to breach of contract.
Bethesda argues that they hired Behavior interactive to develop Fallout Shelter and its assets “solely for use by Bethesda” but after seeing “Bethesda’s significant success” with Fallout Shelter, Warner Bros allegedly “engaged and collaborated with Behavior Interactive to develop a mobile game app for its own science fiction property, Westworld.” Bethesda’s main issue is that the two games “have substantially similar game play experience” and Bethesda’s not having it. They go as far as calling Westworld a “blatant rip-off” because it has similar game design, art style, animations, and features, to Fallout Shelter.
Bethesda claims that Westworld had the same bugs found in the early development of Fallout Shelter. Aside from that, there were numerous reports from players who claimed that the games played similarly, all with side by side images for evidence.
Warner Bros got into the suit because Bethesda thinks that “they have a direct financial interest in Behavior’s infringing practices through the resulting reduced costs and expedited development of the Westworld mobile game.”
Warner Bros responded to the Bethesda lawsuit in a statement provided to IGN.
“As one of the world’s leading creators of intellectual property, including the ground-breaking television series Westworld, Warner Bros. has a deep respect for intellectual property rights. As such, the assertions by Bethesda Softworks that Warner’s Westworld mobile game improperly used source code from Bethesda’s Fallout Shelter are as surprising as they are unsubstantiated. Warner Bros. has been assured by the game developer, Behavior Interactive, that Bethesda’s allegations are untrue and that none of Bethesda’s code was used in the Westworld game. Moreover, contrary to Bethesda’s baseless accusation, Warner Bros. at no time “induced” Behavior to use the Fallout Shelter code in Westworld.”
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