In what seems to be a running theme in the industry, Bethesda are suing Westworld game developer Behaviour Interactive and publisher Warner Bros. Bethesda are claiming that Behaviour Interactive stole artwork, designs, and most bizarrely, coding to make the mobile app.
As Behaviour Interactive aided in the development of Fallout Shelter, Bethesda is using that as grounds to accuse them of stealing assets. According to the suit filed, Behaviour Interactive are being sued for breach of contract, while Warner Bros is being sued for inducement to breach of contract. Legal speak is weird.
Both Behaviour Interactive and Warner Bros. are being sued “for their willful and intentional infringement of Bethesda’s copyrights, misappropriation of Bethesda’s trade secrets, and deceptive business practices and unfair competition through their development, marketing, and promotion of the Westworld mobile game.”
The main issue in Bethesda’s eyes, is that the two games have a “substantially similar gameplay experience”. While gameplay is a pretty lose term, seeing as it’s both games revolve around you watching characters move around with very little direct control.
A specific example that was given, is that “the Westworld mobile game copies FALLOUT SHELTER’s bar room complete with characters sitting at tables drinking oversized mugs of beer” . While the images are similar, you can see that there’s a clear distinction between the two games.
While imitation is the greatest form of flattery, Bethesda seems to be out for blood on this one.
What do you guys think, is it an overreaction from Bethesda, or are they in the right? Let us know in the comment section below