Activision Vs. EA: $400 Million Infinity Ward Law Suit Given Go Ahead

Posted By | On 18th, Mar. 2011 Under Industry News, News

A Californian Superior Court Judge has allowed a $400 million lawsuit against EA, brought on by Activision, to proceed. Jason West and Vince Zampella, the co-founders of Infinity Ward, had initially filed a suit against Activision claiming that they had been fired in order to avoid being paid over $36 million in royalties for Modern Warfare 2. Activision filed a counter-suit claiming that EA representatives met with West and Zampella whilst they were still employed by Activision, which constituted a breach of contract. EA had initially asked for the case to be dismissed to due a lack of evidence, but the fact that the suit has proceeded implies that Activision have a strong enough case to be argued.

Thanks to Gamasutra for the info.

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  • stephanielynette

    ugh $400 million…

  • PrivatePyle

    So they’re taking their FPS game to a different realm huh?
    Kick each other’s ass on the field, IW. Stop trying to bankrupt your competition.
    They must be scared.

  • shastyxmcnasty

    While I did enjoy Infinity Wards past work. And at first I did feel bad for them getting fired, and Activision is the devil etc… Now that I know IW met with Activision I completely agree and support all of Activisons actions in the last year. The first thing your told when you are hired by a major company is if you are seen being interviewed or holding private meetings with the competition you can be fired on the spot, also, you usually have tio sign a clause that states you cannot be employed by the competition for a time period of x months. Its just the way the business world works…and if IW did in fact do the things Activision are claiming they did they deserved to get fired, its common business sense.

    • shastyxmcnasty

      that should have read, … Now that I know IW met with EA, not Activision, sorry

    • doub7

      no the studio that made JUMPER was the devil

  • doub7

    Yeah it seems there has been evidence that IW heads did do sum shady things while employed @ Activision, such as delayin 1 of their MW2 map packs so they didn’t steal thunder from BFBC 2 map pack at the request of EA. So although I luv IW I hope the lawsuit is an epic fail.

  • bman128

    Seems like the out of game battle of Battlefield vs Call of Duty.

  • jbg0623

    things are lookin grim for granpappy EA, looks like kid brother gonna have to whoop some ass and take that money.


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