Bethesda Softworks is suing Behaviour Interactive and Warner Bros. over alleged copyright theft related to the latter companies' Westworld mobile game and its resemblance to Bethesda's Fallout Shelter. Behaviour worked on an early version of Fallout Shelter before Bethesda took over development in late 2015.
According to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by Polygon, Westworld "has the same or highly similar game design, art style, animations, features and other gameplay elements" as Fallout Shelter." Looking at a video preview of Westworld, it's easy to see similarities between the two games, especially as it relates to the "underground" section of Westworld and its similarity to the Vault of Fallout Shelter. Bethesda also alleges that Westworld has some of the exact same bugs that were present in early versions of Fallout Shelter. That would be ironic -- Bethesda using bugs in its game to prove a legal point.
According to the lawsuit, Bethesda is suing for "breach of contract, inducement to breach of contract, copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair competition."
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