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Bethesda's Dispute With Warner Bros. Over Westworld for iOS Copying Fallout Shelter Now Solved



In June, Bethesda filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros, accusing Warner Bros of copying popular iOS games Fallout Shelter with the iOS Westworld game. In a lawsuit filed in a Maryland court, Bethesda Westworld for iOS called a "blatant rip-off" of her Fallout Shelter game, which was first released in 2015.

As mentioned by our sister site Touch Arcade the dispute between the two companies ended in a rather tedious way, with a single line press release giving little detail on the resoluton.

ROCKVILLE, Md. (January 3, 2019) – Bethesda Softworks and Behavior Interactive announced today that the parties have resolved lawsuits Bethesda brought against Behavior and others related to Fallout (R) Shelter and Westworld mobile games.

It appears that Bethesda and Behavior Interactive, the company that developed Westworld for Warner Bros and also worked at Fallout Shelter, have reached a satisfactory deal, with the latter likely to pay to Bethesda.

There were marked similarities between the two games. In Fallout Shelter, players drive an underground bunker in the Fallout universe, leading bunker residents to build and manage facilities, go on expeditions and more, with the ultimate goal of building the bunker.



Based on the popular HBO show, Westworld uses a similar concept, with an underground Delos facility that players need to build to create AI hosts and satisfy guests in the park. The ultimate goal is to build an underground Westworld facility along with the overlying park.



In the case, Bethesda accused Warner Bros and Behavior Interactive of breach of contract, infringement of copyright infringement, unfair competition and misuse of trade secrets. Bethesda claimed that Behavior Interactive stole game design, art style and animation, along with copyrighted data code.

According to Bethesda, Westworld had a unique error that was also found in the building of Fallout Shelter, and pointed to the re-use of the Fallout Shelter code. Prior to settling the lawsuit out of court, Bethesda had requested a jurisdiction, statutory compensation, along with repayment and attorneys' fees and expenses.

Bethesda also requested that the Westworld mobile game be removed from distribution, which never happened as Westworld continues to be available for download.


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