Call of Duty lawsuit between Activision and EA settled, West and Zampalla case heats up

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.


  • angelusdlion - May 17, 2012 8:23 a.m.

    Translation for the "legaleze impared" We get them money, they went away.
  • ThundaGawd - May 17, 2012 1:30 a.m.

    Dear god do I ever hate Activision, I hope they get destroyed in this case. If they lose Call of Duty, they have nothing left! My sadistic, vengeful side wants them to get screwed over so badly >:D
  • BackwaterRifle - May 17, 2012 3:49 a.m.

    They still have everything blizzard makes, and more than enough money to create a new IP and promote the hell out of it, in case CoD crashes and burns.
  • FoxdenRacing - May 17, 2012 8:11 a.m.

    I can see Blizzard wanting out of the merger the minute Acti's no longer bringing anything to the table. And without CoD...they have nothing to offer Blizz except the uncanny ability to generate terrible PR and flog franchies into the ground. Blizz is a lot of things, but subservient and stupid aren't two of them.
  • LordZarlon - May 16, 2012 5:01 p.m.

    I followed the link to the story on West and Zampella. It makes Bobby Kotic look like even more of a dick! I was looking forward to West and Zampella's next game but I bet it's being held up by this. Big companies like EA don't like employees with baggage. I wouldn't be surprised if they weren't with EA for much longer.
  • TheIronMaiden - May 16, 2012 7:31 p.m.

    You sir...are a troll. Please return under the bridge from whence ye came. Thank you. I've lost respect for Activision after they spat on West and Zampella; Bobby Kotic's smile makes me sick. The call of duty is series has been leaving a sour taste in my mouth for quite some time now. Too bad Activision has enough money to buy themselves out of anything

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