In a lawsuit earlier filed by Bethesda, they allege that Warner Bros. was using the same code as that of Fallout Shelter. The Bethesda lawsuit also sued Behaviour Interactive, the developer of both Fallout Shelter and the Westworld Mobile game.
Warner brothers have officially spoken out against the lawsuit filed against them by Bethesda. Last week, it was reported that Bethesda had filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. They alleged that “the Westworld game is a blatant rip-off of Fallout Shelter”. They have also alleged that Westworld uses the same copyrighted code used by Fallout Shelter. Bethesda has sued Behaviour Interactive for breach of contract and Warner Bros. for inducement to breach that contract.
But Warner Bros are calling these allegations baseless. In a statement to gamesindustry.biz, they said,
“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.”
But the Bethesda lawsuit alleges that even a bug in the Westworld game was the same from the early unreleased version of Fallout Shelter. That could be a pretty strong evidence for using the same code. And if Bethesda were to be able to demonstrate it, Behaviour Interactive and Warner Bros. could find themselves in trouble.
We will keep you updated with further developments if any. So stay tuned.