One of the key gaming legal disputes of 2018 was the lawsuit lodged by Bethsoft against Behaviour Interactive, specifically focused on the release of the latter’s Westworld mobile game, which Bethsoft said was effectively a rip-off off Fallout Shelter, which Behaviour had previously developed for Bethsoft. Still with me? Good. At the time, Bethsoft claimed Behaviour and WB breached their contract, misappropriated trade secrets, infringed on copyrights, and unfairly competed with it in relation to the two games; not only had Behaviour reused design and code, Bethsoft alleged, but Westworld had the same Fallout Shelter bugs. Oops.
Behaviour denied everything, of course, but now it’s all moot, as apparently the dispute has now been resolved. Here’s the press release Bethsoft sent ’round yesterday:
“Bethesda Softworks and Behaviour Interactive jointly announced today that the parties have amicably resolved the lawsuit Bethesda brought against Behaviour and others related to the Fallout Shelter and Westworld mobile games.”
And… that’s it. The terms of the agreement will apparently not be made public. Sorry gang, no drama llamas this time. But it’s the gaming industry, so just wait a day.