The Activision/Infinity Ward Fiasco: Act 2
Let us recap the events. Behind closed doors, two Infinity Ward executives, Jason West and Vince Zampella, were fired from Infinity Ward (a developer owned by Activision) for subordination and contract breaches. There was a lot of controversy over that decision from the gaming community, but it didn’t stop there. Two days later, those same two executives filed a claim against Activision for unpaid royalties on Call of Duty-branded games.
Well, now, Activision has filed a counter-suit against the executives, and with that, some juicy details had emerged. Released was a 23 page document detailing how the two executives were, in a way, trying to leave the publisher and become an independent entity, with one portion stating:
West and Zampella’s misdeeds formed an unlawful pattern and practice of conduct that was designed to steal the [Infinity West] studio, which is one of Activision’s most valuable assets — at the expense of Activision and its shareholders and for their own personal financial gain.
Taking private jets to meet with EA’s high ranking executives (the supposed ‘competitor’ that they mention in the complaint) was another accusation. When contacted, EA’s Jeff Brown stated “We don’t have the time to comment on the many lawsuits Activision files against its employees and creative partners.”
The complaint also states that Activision was upset at the executives for delaying production of Modern Warfare 3, and also that they should be able to withhold any payments for Zampella and West as well. What will the next chapter hold?