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Warner Bros Says Bethesda’s Law Suit Regarding Fallout Shelter Is Baseless

You have probably heard by now that Bethesda is suing Warner Bros because the company believes that Warner Bros’s Westworld on mobile devices is reusing code from their hit Fallout Shelter. Warner Bros has responded to the law suit saying that it is simply baseless. As Game Informer reports, Bethesda says they found similarities to their Fallout Shelter due to a glitch which is present in both games. Here’s Warner Bros’s response:

“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.”

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  1. It does look identical, so I’m not sure how they can say it’s baseless. If an employee of Behavior interactive used to work for bethesda or BI did some contract work for fallout shelter, then it definitely has some base for the lawsuit.

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    1. Update: Behavior Interactive developed the fallout shelter game from the wiki page.
      “Behaviour Interactive is a game development studio responsible for developing Fallout Shelter for iOS and Android devices. ”

      The fact that it’s the same developer and it’s an identical game with the same bug. I don’t see how they can say it’s baseless.

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      1. Same developer, same bug? They reused code beyond any doubt! The only question is: doesn’t the source code belong to the developer rather than the publisher/licence owner? That’s like if Nintendo would sue Ubisoft because they reuse code from Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Remember: This is the same company that sued Mojang for using the word “scroll” in one of their games! That’s like if Nintendo would sue every company that uses the word “legend” or “super”! Bethesda obvioulsy just likes bullying!

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      2. Bethesda payed the studio to make the game, but in their contract I’m sure they put down that all the code and everything would be their IP once the game was finished. If they contracted them for a project, and the studio reused the code for another project, that would be a breach of contract.

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  2. Warner Bros has been crap for years (they can’t seem to get the DCCU right at all, for instance.) The sad thing is AT&T let the shithead ruining it remain as the CEO there. They should have fired him as soon as they bought the company that owned WB. No one would blame AT&T for letting go of a bad apple; of course they are full of bad apples so I guess it makes sense they’d let one at the company they bought remain in power.

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