Bethesda Softworks has filed a lawsuit against Behaviour Interactive and Warner Bros. Interactive. They’re accusing Behaviour of using stolen designs, artwork, and even source code used in Bethesda’s Fallout Shelter iOS game in their recently released Westworld game. Warner Bros. Interactive published the game.
Behaviour Interactive helped Bethesda create Fallout Shelter, and it seems the developer used assets from their previous work on that game to get the Westworld game on its feet. According to the lawsuit, Behaviour is being sued for a breach in contract, and Warner Bros. for “inducement to breach of contract.” They are both being sued for Copyright infringement, as well as misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair competition
Bethesda did not hold back in their file, saying, “The Westworld game is a blatant rip-off of FALLOUT SHELTER. Working with the same copyrighted computer code used by FALLOUT SHELTER, Westworld has the same or highly similar game design, art style, animations, features and other gameplay elements as FALLOUT SHELTER, all of which are owned by Bethesda.” They’re emphasizing that the gameplay experience between the two games is much too similar to be considered fair. They quote multiple journalists in the suit who have said that the Westworld game seems incredibly similar to Fallout Shelter, and noted that the Westworld game even has similar bugs that were present in earlier editions of Fallout Shelter.
Bethesda also noted why they are suing Warner Bros. in addition to Behaviour, stating, “Warner Bros. has a direct financial interest in Behaviour’s infringing activities through the resulting reduced costs and expedited development of the Westworld mobile game.” They are asking for compensation for damages.
Bethesda has a good deal of evidence in this case, but Warner Bros. is a much larger company, so it will be interesting to see how it all turns out. What do you think? Is the evidence enough to prove that Behaviour actually stole assets from Fallout Shelter? Let us know in the comments.