Activision Files Lawsuit Against Ex-Infinity Ward Leadership -- Hint: They're Upset


Posted April 9, 2010 - By pklepek

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Activision is not taking kindly to the legal accusations from the former heads of Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward. The LA Times acquired the Activision counterargument, filed this morning, and it shows a publisher fully prepared to take on both Vince Zampella and Jason West.

The suit, which says Activision will withhold future royalty payments the duo are seeking, claims Vince and Zampella both "morphed from valued, responsible executives into insubordinate and self-serving schemers who attempted to hijack Activision's assets for their own personal gain."

Electronic Arts came up in a memo acquired by G4 when the news first broke. Activision suspected West and Zameplla were in discussions with the major Activision competitor, and while Activision doesn't call out EA by name in the suit, they allude to the supposed discussions.

Activision alleges the two went "on a secret trip by private jet to Northern California, arranged by their Hollywood agent [West and Zampella are now represented by the powerful Creative Arts Agency], to meet with the most senior executives of Activision's closest competitor."

Clearly, Activision isn't about to pay the demands of their former developer royalty without a fight. How these legal filings interfere with West and Zampella forming a new studio are unknown.

Source: LA Times

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Activision Files Lawsuit Against Ex-Infinity Ward Leadership -- Hint: They're Upset


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