Can We Have Our Dedicated Servers Back Now?

This is what they get for ruining my favorite game.

Fired ‘Call of Duty’ developers sue Activision for more than $36 million [Updated]

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has led to legal warfare at Activision.

Jason West and Vince Zampella, the former heads of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare development studio Infinity Ward, who were fired on Monday, have filed a lawsuit against publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. alleging wrongful termination and breach of contract.

The complaint, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday, alleges that Santa Monica-based Activision fired the the duo in order to avoid paying them royalties on military shooter Modern Warfare 2, which was released in November and has generated more than $1 billion in retail sales.

“Activision has refused to honor the terms of its agreements with Mssrs. West and Zampella and is intentionally flouting the public policy of this State that employers must pay their employees what they have rightfully earned,” the complaint states. “Instead, Activision has adopted the corporate strategy of forcing Mssrs. West and Zampella to sue for their pay — in the hopes of either getting away with not having to pay them anything or maximizing its leverage to reduce that pay.”

Spokespeople for Santa Monica-based Activision did not respond to requests for comment.

According to the complaint, after Activision acquired Infinity Ward for a total of $5 million in 2003, it signed three-year employment agreements with West and Zampella, co-founders of the Encino-based studio who most recently served as president and chief executive, respectively.

In 2008, after the release of Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the fourth game in the series and a huge hit that has sold more than 13 million units, West and Zampella signed a contract extension through 2011. The complaint says that the extension includes additional royalties and other payments, as well as the right to operate Infinity Ward independently and to have creative control over any Modern Warfare sequels or other Call of Duty games set after the Vietnam War.

See also:
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The making and unmaking of Infinity Ward
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Activision-Infinity Ward Controversy – Full Report
Insubordination? Infinity Ward cofounder gone from Activision
Former Infinity Ward Heads Sue Activision
Did Activision/Infinity Ward Screw The PC Pooch?

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