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 (opens in new tab).