Bethesda lawsuit alleging Westworld game was Fallout Shelter ‘ripoff’ resolved (update)

Bethesda Softworks, Behavior Interactive and Warner Bros. Entertainment have resolved a lawsuit over the creation of a Westworld base-building mobile game that Bethesda alleged had been a ripoff of its Fallout Shelter game.

Bethesda called the resolution “amicable” in a very brief statement but none of the terms were disclosed. On Dec. 12, a notice was filed in federal court that both sides had resolved the dispute and were to bear their own costs and attorney’s fees. Bethesda Softworks dismissed its claims with prejudice, meaning the same claims can’t be brought again.

In June 2018, Bethesda brought the lawsuit and alleged that Behaviour Interactive had used copyrighted code from Fallout Shelter, which it had developed in partnership with Bethesda and launched in 2015.

Bethesda alleged that a bug present in an early version of Fallout Shelter was also in Westworld, tipping Behaviour’s hand. Warner Bros., the Westworld rights holder and the mobile game’s publisher, said Behaviour assured it no code from Fallout Shelter was used in the game and disputed all claims against the game.

Westworld, which is free to play, remains available for download on both the iOS App Store and the Google Play store for Android devices.

Update, Jan. 17, 2019: The Twitter account for the Westworld mobile game announced on Tuesday, Jan. 15, that the game had been removed from the iOS App Store and Google Play store effective immediately, and that it will be officially closed on April 16, 2019. In-app purchases have likewise been deactivated, and any users with in-game currency left over must spend it by the closure date.


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