Bethesda Settles Copyright Lawsuit With Warner Bros., Behaviour Interactive Over 'Westworld' Mobile Game

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The Maryland-based video game publisher resolved a lawsuit it brought against Behaviour Interactive and Warner Bros. last June for copyright infringement, breach of contract and unfair competition.

Video game publisher Bethesda Softworks, behind such franchises as Fallout and The Elder Scrolls, has resolved a lawsuit it brought against Behaviour Interactive and Warner Bros. last June for copyright infringement, breach of contract and unfair competition. 

The complaint was filed on June 21, 2018, in a District of Maryland court, in which Bethesda sued Behaviour over a mobile game based on the popular HBO series Westworld. Bethesda claimed the game was a "blatant rip-off" of its 2015 free-to-play mobile game Fallout Shelter, which Behaviour co-developed with the Maryland-based company. Additionally, Bethesda sued Warner Bros. for inducing Behaviour to breach its contract regarding the development and ownership of Fallout Shelter. Warner Bros. Television distributes the Westworld TV series for HBO and its WB Games banner is behind the mobile game.

On Thursday, Bethesda released a statement declaring it had reached an agreement with Behaviour. "Bethesda Softworks and Behaviour Interactive jointly announced today that the parties have amicably resolved the lawsuit Bethesda brought against Behaviour and others related to the Fallout Shelter and Westworld mobile games," the statement read.

When reached by THR, Bethesda declined to comment further. Requests for comment from Warner Bros. and Behaviour Interactive were not immediately returned.