Activision and Bobby Kotick may be headed to trial over Call Of Duty, as a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled that there were enough facts supporting the alleged defrauding of ex-Infinity Ward, now Respawn Entertainment developers, Jason West and Vincent Zampella, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
For those in the dark on the lawsuit, you can catch up with our Fall of Duty stories, but here's the short version:
- After an internal investigation that turned up alleged violations of insubordination and breaches of contract, Activision terminated West and Zampella.
- West and Zampella filed suit that their wrongful termination cost them over a hundred million dollars in CoD royalties. Activision countersued the pair, painting a picture of the duo being "Motivated by envy and personal greed..."
- Additionally, Activision added Electronic Arts as a co-defendent to their countersuit, claiming $400 million dollars in damages due to alleged tampering by EA's top executives.
- In March, Activision was found to have had sufficient claims against Electronic Arts.
So now with a fair amount of alleged dirt on everyone supported by the Superior Court, it's only going to make further revelations from these various lawsuits all the more interesting. That is, if this ever goes to trial. I can't imagine EA or Activision wanting a lot of the more gory details to ever go public, but considering what's at stake, a settlement's not going to come easy.