Warner Bros. denies wrongdoing in Bethsoft’s Fallout Shelter/Westworld copyright lawsuit

    
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Last week, we reported on an emerging lawsuit lodged over the new Westworld mobile game. Bethsoft is suing Behaviour Interactive and Warner Bros. over what it characterizes as copyright theft from Fallout Shelter. Behaviour (you know it from MMO Eternal Crusade) developed Fallout Shelter for Bethsoft and stands accused of reusing its design, actual code (complete with identical bugs), and “substantially similar gameplay” for Westworld for Warner Bros., entirely without permission. Bethsoft claims Behaviour and WB breached their contract, misappropriated trade secrets, infringed on copyrights, and unfairly competed with it in relation to the two games; it demands that the court put a halt to distribution of the Westworld game and award Bethesda appropriate damages.

Warner Bros. isn’t rolling over for this. The media conglom told GamesIndustry.biz that Bethsoft’s claims are unsubstantiated and untrue – that WB never asked Behaviour to re-use Fallout Shelter’s code, and that Behaviour didn’t do it anyway.

“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.”

Well, what else did you expect them to say?

As noted in our original post, I played Westworld when it launched, finding it to be pretty representative of the simulation genre to which both it and Fallout Shelter belong, but it didn’t last more than a few sessions on my phone because of its super gross cash shop. You can check it out on Google Play for yourself, just be warned that spoilers abound.

Source: GIbiz
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Mewmew

The gameplay simply is *not* similar at all. I don’t know if they re-used code or not, but the gameplay is not remotely similar. If it wasn’t for people saying they have some of the same bugs I’d very much be questioning the validity of the lawsuit. If there is truth to that I’d be a little worried, though it could be that the bugs are just related to using the same engine to build the game or something.

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flyingltj

It’ll be interesting to see what Warner Brothers Entertainment does as a company after they lose the lawsuit. If the evidence available to the public is even half correct, it’ll only take a judge hours, if not minutes, to render a verdict.

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Scott Leyes

Absolutely nothing will happen. MAYBE a small cash settlement, but not likely once the lawyers are through.

This game a quick cash grab for WB — the show’s off the air for a long time now that season 2 is over, so any interest in playing will drop off in a few weeks. I’m not at all surprised they cloned an existing game to put this out so fast to make some dough. Whether or not the lawsuit goes badly, they’ll drop the game in a couple of months anyway.

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John Kiser

What evidence available to the public? Bethesda claiming some of the bugs are the same? Maybe it’s entirely possible that you know the bugs are just something that popped up. Also if that allegation were accurate why in the hell wouldn’t behaviour of used a newer code base that didn’t have those bugs just out of sheer curiosity? Why would they use old code they knew was buggy if it was in fac t the same code base hmm?

I think bethesda is trying to peg a similar game that has similar bugs made by the same company as being their property because of _reasons_ even though most of the elements differ enough that there isn’t really proof of anything. The only similarity they seemingly have is that you build stuff in varying areas having actually played both games. How stuff works, what your goals are etc all sorta “work” diff.

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Vicarious Fan

to be fair if there is one thing that Bethesda is good at is bugs.

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cmdr_cotic

Wow, so you’ve got Behaviour who worked on Star Citizen being sued.
You’ve got Illfonic who worked on Star Citizen being sued.
And you’ve got CIG who are making Star Citizen being sued…

What a shitshow.

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Nate Woodard

Yeah, Star Citizen and CIG is a mess. However, Derek Smart is equally a mess for completely different reasons. It’s all quite hilarious.

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Mewmew

Though I’m not exactly sure why we’re bringing him up – I’d have to agree that Derek Smart is a joke :P

It’s like if you had a Dog Turd calling out a Cat Turd for being a turd. Only he’s even a bit worse, I’d more liken Derek Smart to a type of diarrhea rather than a solid.