Infinity Ward founders' case against Activision gets new court date

A new court date's been set for the grand courtroom videogame beatdown of the millennium, aka the legal battle between Activision, ousted Infinity Ward heads Jason West/Vince Zampella, and their new patrons at Electronic Arts. The case will now go to trial May 29, reports Game Informer, revised from an earlier date of May 7 which was postponed at Activision's request.

Above: Jason West and Vince Zampella, on the offchance you don't know what they look like

Earlier this year, a judge dismissed additional fraud charges brought by West/Zampella against the House o'Kotick. You can get some background on the case, a chewy morass of industrial espionage, corporate paranoia, accusations and countersuits, at our initial story from the suit's early days last year: Activision targets Electronic Arts in updated lawsuit.

Note that the case's initial court date was May 23 of 2011, giving you some idea just how many holdups, timeouts, rainchecks, postponements and miscellaneous legal acts of heel-dragging it's gone through – and may, for all we know, continue to do. Still, when this does go ahead, it ought to be worth following by anyone who likes Modern Warfare but wishes it had more folk in suits yelling “Objection!” That's all of you, right?


  • Manguy17 - April 10, 2012 5:15 a.m.

    Id rather this was settled in a bare knuckle cage fight with Gaz commentating.
  • Ironarm - April 9, 2012 7:47 p.m.

    Good lord, I completely forgot about this. I hope Activision gets fricking annihilated.
  • KnowYourPokemon - April 9, 2012 7:11 p.m.

    Is it wrong that this has me genuinely excited? :|
  • ParagonT - April 9, 2012 5:51 p.m.

    Activision needs a bit of a kick to the ego.
  • ThundaGawd - April 9, 2012 5:22 p.m.

    I hope to god Activision gets f***ing destroyed, they've pretty much shat over the gaming industry in recent years, cancelling guitar hero, one of the world's best-selling franchises, to focus on Call of Duty, a franchise they milked to death years ago and which has now pretty much degenerated into one of the most pathetic cash-grabs in recent memory =/
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - April 9, 2012 5:46 p.m.

    Sums up everything I was going to say.
  • OohWiiUILookJustLikeBuddyHolly - April 9, 2012 6:12 p.m.

    I know right? Fuck them for creating one of the most profitable games ever and not simply throwing it away to appease some people sitting behind their computers complaining. Honestly, Activision isn't the problem any more. EA are the new diabolical corporation that are actually having a negative effect on everything.
  • BladedFalcon - April 9, 2012 6:47 p.m.

    Not throwing it away? Why not try shamelessly milking it instead? I am not saying Activision shouldn't take advantage of the profitable franchise they've created. But, y'know, they could try being more responsible when handling the brand. Or should i remind you what happened with Guitar Hero? Sticking with a profitable brand and nourishing is one thing. (What nintendo is basically expert on doing.) And aggressively beating it for all it's worth is another. I agree that EA is getting progressively worse and worse, but that doesn't really excuse activision, or makes their actions any less excusable. Both behemots currently represent some of the worst things the gaming industry has to offer. And both should be equally attacked for their actions.
  • samsneeze - April 9, 2012 6:31 p.m.

    To be fair, Guitar Hero was on a noticeable decline in sales and further productions of titles wouldn't have been worth the time or expense.
  • BladedFalcon - April 9, 2012 6:58 p.m.

    Something that happened BECAUSE Activision released way too many Guitar Hero games in a short span of time without that much differentiating one from the other. It's called over-saturation of market. And while EA also contributed, Activision was the worst offender.
  • samsneeze - April 9, 2012 9:39 p.m.

    Exactly. But my main point was that it's not like they closed down the studio out of spite or because they were evil. They had killed their own market and sales were down. Faulting them for being evil can't be applied here. We must fault them for being stupid instead.
  • lilj805 - April 9, 2012 10:37 p.m.

    I agree, it's no different with the CoD franchise either.
  • FireIceEarth - April 10, 2012 12:23 a.m.

    Hear, Hear! Captcha: $20,000,000 esfreen :S

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