The soap opera that is the Infinity Ward / Activision story just keeps on going and now has a new chapter that we can add to the mix.
Yesterday Jason and Vince (ex IW execs) filed suit against Activision claiming a whole bunch of money and some other stuff which Activision has now responded to.
According to an email that was sent through to Kotaku
â€œActivision is disappointed that Mr. Zampella and Mr. West have chosen to file a lawsuit, and believes their claims are meritless,"
"Over eight years, Activision shareholders provided these executives with the capital they needed to start Infinity Ward, as well as the financial support, resources and creative independence that helped them flourish and achieve enormous professional success and personal wealth.â€
"In return, Activision legitimately expected them to honor their obligations to Activision, just like any other executives who hold positions of trust in the company. While the company showed enormous patience, it firmly believes that its decision was justified based on their course of conduct and actions. Activision remains committed to the Call of Duty franchise, which it owns, and will continue to produce exciting and innovative games for its millions of fans.â€
So it looks like we are in for the long haul here as Jason and Vince want the Call of Duty brand and there is no way in hell Activision is going to give that one up.
Once this gets into court we should find out precisely why they were fired (which I guess is because they were talking to other publishers) and I guess then we will be able to make up our own mind who is right and who is wrong.
The Internet currently believes Activision is the devil but I struggle to believe they simply fired the two to avoid paying over some more money, Modern Warfare 3 would have easily recouped any costs that they needed to part with now and it’s not like Activision are struggling.
Something doesn’t smell right here.
Last Updated: March 5, 2010