Last week WB Games released the game of Westworld on iOS and Android, the app immediately jumped to the headlines due to a declaration by Bethesda: the company has accused Warner Bros. of having used parts of the Fallout Shelter source code, accusations that Warner strongly refers to the sender.
Bethesda then brought Warner Bros. to court with the goal of blocking the distribution of the game on the App Store and Google Play. WB commented on this with a note sent to the editors of IGN:
“As one of the world’s leading creators of intellectual property, including the ground-breaking television series Westworld, Warner Bros. has a deep respect for intellectual property rights. As such, the assertions by Bethesda Softworks that Warner’s Westworld mobile game improperly used source code from Bethesda’s Fallout Shelter are as surprising as they are unsubstantiated. 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. Moreover, contrary to Bethesda’s baseless accusation, Warner Bros. at no time “induced” Behaviour to use the Fallout Shelter code in Westworld.”
Bethesda’s accusation insists that some former developers of Fallout Shelter are now employees of Behaviour Interactive and therefore they would use their knowledge on the subject and part of the code to give life to Westworld. The story is not over yet, as now awaits the court ruling.
We will see what the judges will think of it and whether Bethesda will succeed in getting what was asked in the indictment.