Fired Infinity Ward Execs go after Activision


Shots Fired.

A few days after Activision fired Infinity Ward Executives, Los Angeles-based legal firm, O’Melveny & Myers announced that it has filed suit against Activision on behalf of Jason West & Vince Zampella. The fired Infinity Ward execs are seeking “unpaid royalties” as well as “contractual rights to control Modern Warfare-branded games”.

Fired Infinity Ward Execs sue Activision

In a statement released by West & Zamella, they claim that they were fired weeks before they were to be paid substantial royalty payments.

“Activision has refused to honor the terms of its agreements and is intentionally flouting the fundamental public policy of this state [California] that employers must pay their employees what they have rightfully earned,” attorney Robert Schwartz said in a statement. “Instead of thanking, lauding, or just plain paying Jason and Vince for giving Activision the most successful entertainment product ever offered to the public, last month Activision hired lawyers to conduct a pretextual ‘investigation’ into unstated and unsubstantiated charges of ‘insubordination’ and ‘breach of fiduciary duty,’ which then became the grounds for their termination on Monday, March 1.”

Allegations in the suit include, breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of god faith and fair dealing, wrongful termintation in violation of public policy, and declaratory relief.

I dont really know what game Activision is playing with firing West & Zampella, but I do hope they get paid since Activision had massive earnings with Modern Warfare 2.


Written by: Marc Macayan - News Contributor


  1. #1 by Legion213 on March 4th, 2010 [ 675 Points ]

    I really hate Kotick. I hope the outcome from this is Infinity ward leaving Activition and taking CoD with them. Probably just wishful thinking.

  2. #2 by Eddie on March 4th, 2010 [ 44542 Points ]

    I hope Bobby Kotick has to kiss their feet!

  3. #3 by Royalty32 on March 4th, 2010

    Screw Activison. With the exception of MW2 they publish some crappy and awful games like TH Ride, Spider-Man games besides SM2 also the awful game known as Prototype.

  4. #4 by SicSemperTyranis on March 4th, 2010 [ 6405 Points ]

    This is gonna get good. Nothing like a good legal fight.

  5. #5 by Luke on March 4th, 2010 [ 27382 Points ]

    I don’t see how they are not going to win this, one way or another they are going to get money and everything is going to be kept quiet.

  6. #6 by Darrin on March 4th, 2010 [ 17143 Points ]

    Even selfish employers don’t usually fire their most profitable employees. Activision had to have a strong reason to do what they did and none of us are in a position to make a fair moral judgement on who is right or wrong.

    Secondly, those developers have enough pull to write their own ticket in this industry (despire what Jason Rubin thinks), so I really wouldn’t worry about them.

    Also, this law suit sounds pretty legit. I bet that Activision can’t get out of paying royalties on MW2.

  7. #7 by oly1kenobi on March 4th, 2010 [ 132235 Points ]

    They will most likely settle out of court. I agree w/ Darrin, as to the fact that they will most likely go out and create their own development company and be better off without Activision

  8. #8 by Mike on March 4th, 2010

    That is crazy. Vince Zampella did like 90% of the PR for Modern Warfare 2. And what can the people still at Infinity Ward be thinking if the most successful game launch ever gets rewarded like this? I understand why studios like Neversoft were getting reduced (I don’t see Guitar Hero sales bouncing back anytime soon) but this is nuts. I also had my worries about the Activision being in control of the brand, and this could be the start of the downfall.

  9. #9 by marcus24 on March 4th, 2010 [ 3516 Points ]

    They’re demanding $36 million

  10. #10 by Angus-MacGyver- on March 4th, 2010 [ 355 Points ]

    They had better get everything they are asking for.

  11. #11 by JimmyMagnum on March 4th, 2010 [ 83111 Points ]

    id like to get some of what they’re asking for. I’m fine with at least 2.8% :P

  12. #12 by killer_juice on March 4th, 2010 [ 780 Points ]

    Woah. More corruption. No surprise here.


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