Fallout Shelter in 2015 ahead of the launch of Fallout 4, and the charming mobile game has proven to be quite popular and lucrative in the years since. Fast forward to June 2018 and Warner Bros. has released a Westworld mobile game that is strikingly similar to Fallout Shelter in both looks and gameplay. Is this just another case of a popular game attracting competitors, or is there something more sinister at play?
filed a lawsuit last week alleging that the Westworld game features code stolen directly from Fallout Shelter. Warner Bros. chose to hire the same developer, Behaviour Interactive, that helped Bethesda with Fallout Shelter, and Bethesda claims that Behavior Interactive shared copyrighted code with Warner Bros. to create the new game. As proof of their claims, Bethesda intends to show that certain coding bugs that existed in early versions of Fallout Shelter (and have since been fixed) also appear in the current build of the Westworld game.
Warner Bros. has now officially responded to the allegations, and they are claiming total innocence. They deny any coercion of Behavior Interactive and hold that their game does not contain any Bethesda-copyrighted code whatsoever.
“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, Behaviour 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” Behaviour to use the Fallout Shelter code in Westworld.”
— Warner Bros.
It looks like Warner Bros. is prepared to fight this, and they’ve got plenty of money to do so. However, if Bethesda can really produce the evidence they claim to have, it should be a losing battle.
Source: Game Informer
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