With trial looming, former Infinity Ward heads speak out

Usually, in the days leading up to a multimillion-dollar trial, both parties keep their mouths shut. But when it’s Jason West and Vince Zampella, the former studio heads of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward, the normal rules go out the window.

The pair sat down with Game Informer for an in-depth conversation, discussing their side of the long battle with their former publisher Activision and revealing a few secrets in the process.

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EA, Activision settle ‘Call of Duty’ lawsuit

One of the ugliest lawsuits in the video game industry’s history has been settled just days before going to court, but the legal fireworks may not be over yet.

Activision and Electronic Arts have settled their differences over Jason West and Vince Zampella, former heads of Infinity Ward and creators of the Call of Duty franchise and “agreed to put this matter behind them,” the two publishers said in a joint statement.

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Court: Activision’s case against EA can go forward

EA received some holiday coal in its stocking Thursday when a California Superior Court judge rejected its argument that it should be excused from a $400 million contract-interference suit.

Activision alleges EA illegally attempted to lure away Call of Duty creators and Infinity Ward founders Jason West and Vince Zampella. Activision is also suing the two developers.

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Gaming’s biggest legal showdown gets a court date

The fight between the creators of the Call of Duty franchise and their former publisher Activision has a court date.

Jason West and Vince Zampella’s case against the company will be heard before a judge on May 7, 2012. Both parties are suing each other over a variety of charges in a soap opera-like tale of betrayal, cash and skullduggery – but the money at stake – hundreds of millions of dollars – is very real.

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Activision Adds EA to Suit Against ‘Modern Warfare’ Creators

The war of words between Activision-Blizzard and Electronic Arts has moved to a new plateau. Activision has added the rival publisher to its $400 countersuit against the creators of the “Call of Duty” franchise.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge approved the amendment to the suit Thursday, acknowledging Activision’s allegations that EA wooed Jason West and Vince Zampella, the heads of the wholly-owned Infinity Ward subsidiary, while they were still under contract with Activision.

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Activision faces another “Modern Warfare 2” lawsuit

Less than two months after the founders of Infinity Ward sued Activision over (among other things) unpaid royalties, over three dozen staffers of the development studio are following in their footsteps.

38 current and former employees of Infinity Ward have filed suit against the publisher, saying Activision has withheld royalty payments game “in an attempt to keep the employees hostage so that Activision could reap the benefit of the completion of Modern Warfare 3.”

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Activision’s Legal Woes Continue – and Get Uglier

The fight that kicked off when Activision fired the two heads of the studio behind last year’s best selling video game is getting uglier—on multiple fronts.

Thirty-eight current and former employees of Infinity Ward, the wholly owned subsidiary that was responsible for “Modern Warfare 2,” are suing the publisher for alleged unpaid royalties on the game.

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Will the last person at Infinity War please turn out the lights?

We’ve covered the problems at Activision since the abrupt firing of Jason West and Vince Zampella fairly regularly. And since Monday’s news that the duo had started a new development house and aligned themselves with Electronic Arts,  the exodus of talent at their old studio Infinity Ward has gone from a trickle to a steady stream.

Most of the design leads from “Modern Warfare 2” have departed at this point (though none have formally been announced as employees of West and Zampella’s Respawn Entertainment yet). Running a list of names that most people haven’t heard of before this mess doesn’t effectively show the exodus, but the team at PC Gamer UK have found a good way to do so.

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