Bethesda Settles Lawsuit Over Westworld Game That Allegedly Ripped Off Fallout Shelter

Bethesda Settles Lawsuit Over Westworld Game That Allegedly Ripped Off Fallout Shelter

The terms for the settlement were not disclosed.

Bethesda and Behaviour Interactive have reached an "amicable" resolution to a lawsuit over a Westworld mobile game that bares a resemblance to Bethesda's Fallout Shelter.

Last year Bethesda brought a lawsuit against Behaviour Interactive alleging that a mobile game based on HBO's popular television series Westworld was "a blatant rip-off of Fallout Shelter." Warner Bros, which owns HBO, said at the time that the claims were unsubstantiated.

The case was particularly noteworthy because Behaviour actually developed Fallout Shelter in partnership with Bethesda, and a similar bug discovered in both mobile games led Bethesda to believe that Behaviour used Bethesda's copyrighted code to develop Westworld.

Yesterday the two companies released a joint statement saying that the lawsuit has been settled, though the terms were undisclosed. Both the Westworld mobile game and Fallout Shelter are still available on the iOS and Google Play Store. This means whatever the terms were for the settlement, it allowed Behaviour and Warner Bros. to keep its Westworld mobile game available for players.

Both Fallout Shelter and Westworld mobile are management-style sim games where players oversee a Fallout vault and the Westworld theme park respectively. Players can build different structures to keep their inhabitants happy, and both feature cartoonish graphics. Fallout Shelter was later released for consoles and PC.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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