Call Of Duty: Modern Lawfare

Back in March I wrote:

after what they did to the PC version of the Modern Warfare franchise, personally, I hope they sue each other into oblivion

Well, guess what?

Activision sues two fired developers

Activision Blizzard Inc. came out with guns blazing Friday in its legal battle with two former lead developers of Call of Duty, the video game publisher’s multibillion-dollar franchise.

In a lawsuit that read like a dramatic Hollywood script, Activision claimed it fired Jason West and Vincent Zampella in March because the two “morphed from valued, responsible executives into insubordinate and self-serving schemers who attempted to hijack Activision’s assets for their own personal gain.”

The Santa Monica firm accused West and Zampella of violating their employment contracts by meeting with a rival publisher — believed to be Electronic Arts Inc. — and using illicit means to recruit former colleagues to join them in forming a new independent game development studio.

An attorney for the pair called the claims “false and outrageous” and said that Activision itself proposed spinning off West and Zampella’s studio as part of a contract renegotiation last year.

Activision’s suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, counters a complaint that West and Zampella filed against their former employer March 3, two days after being fired as the heads of Infinity Ward, the Encino-based studio purchased by Activision in 2002. Infinity Ward has produced Call of Duty games since the inception of the franchise in 2003.

In their lawsuit, West and Zampella alleged that Activision fired them to avoid paying them royalties they earned from November’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which has generated an estimated $1.3 billion in worldwide revenue.

The lawsuit claims Activision owes the duo at least $36 million in royalties and damages.

Activision responded in its complaint that “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.”

Activision did not specify a dollar amount it would seek but claimed the publisher was entitled to withhold all future payments to West and Zampella to recover past payments “during the period of their disloyalty” and cover compensatory damages.

See also:
UPDATE 1-Activision countersues former executives
Activision countersues ‘Modern Warfare’ execs
Update: Activision files countersuit in ‘Modern Warfare’ case
Activision countersues ex-Infinity Ward execs
Activision: West, Zampella wanted to steal Infinity Ward
Activision goes to court over staff poaching accusations
Activision Countersues West and Zampella, “Call of Duty” Developers
Activision Sues Two Fired Call of Duty Developers
Can We Have Our Dedicated Servers Back Now?

That’s right, sue each other into oblivion you greedy weasel bastards! Screw you the way you screwed PC gamers!

/I’m pretty sure the next party to file legal papers gets to call in helicopter air strikes