Warner Bros labels Bethesda lawsuit over Westworld mobile game "baseless"

Skyrim developer accused Warner Bros and Behaviour Interactive of snagging code from Fallout Shelter

Warner Bros labels Bethesda lawsuit over Westworld mobile game "baseless"

Warner Bros has labelled Bethesda’s claims that Westword Mobile had improperly used source code from Fallout Shelter as “baseless”.

Bethesda alleges that Behaviour Interactive breached its contract with the publisher and used copyrighted code, along with other rights and trade secrets.

The lawsuit further claims that Westworld has “highly similar” game design, art style, animations and features to Fallout Shelter.

One of Bethesda’s main points of proof that Behaviour used “the same copyrighted computer code created for Fallout Shelter in Westworld” was a similar bug that appeared to that of one in an early release of Fallout Shelter.

Legal fallout

Issuing a statement to Game Informer, Warner Bros claimed it had deep respect for intellectual property, as it owned many.

Furthermore, the entertainment giant claimed it had been assured by Behaviour Interactive that the allegation was untrue

“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,” read a statement from Warner Bros.

“Moreover, contrary to Bethesda’s baseless accusation, Warner Bros at no time ‘induced’ Behaviour to use the Fallout Shelter code in Westworld.”

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