We’re not sure how much you’ve been keeping up with it to date,
but there was a big update today in the legal battle over Call of Duty. After some
back and forth between industry giants Activision and EA for more than a year,
the two settled their legal dispute today. However, the bigger case between
Activision and the former Infinity Ward bosses continues.
Here’s some quick background: In 2010 Jason West and Vince
Zampella, the heads of CoD dev Infinity Ward, left the company and parted with
Activision on unfriendly terms to put it lightly. After the two were fired,
they soon began a new studio (Respawn) that then made a publishing deal with
EA. West and Zampella sued Activision for unfair dismissal, then Activision
countersued EA, alleging that EA tried to hire West and Zampella while still
under contract with Activision.
The details of today’s conclusion of the countersuit are a mystery
and will probably remain so, as that’s how these things normally play out. “Activision
and EA have agreed to put this matter behind them," was the only statement
released by both sides. Meanwhile, the West and Zampella case continues, with
new details hitting the web today alleging that Activision’s attempts to dig up
dirt on their former employees. You’ll find more info on that here.