Activision Targets EA For Interfering In Infinity Ward Debacle
Written Wednesday, December 22, 2010 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Activision has added another target to its lawsuit against former employees Jason West and Vince Zampella, who left the company following the alleged non-payment of royalty cheques. Electronic Arts is now in the firing line, as the lawsuit's allegations state that West and Zampella were being courted to join EA as early as July 2009, with a secret meeting apparently transpiring between EA chief executive John Riccitiello and the Infinity Ward co-founders back in August 2009.
West and Zampella have launched their own bid to sue Activision for $36 million on behalf of almost 40 employees yet to receive royalty payments. The duo has since left Infinity Ward to form Respawn Entertainment where the new studio will produce games exclusively for EA. Consequently, Activision alleges that EA actively interfered with contracts, engaged in unfair competitive practices and aided and abetted breaches of fiduciary duty by the executives.
Activision's lawsuit claim against West, Zampella and EA stands at $400 million, which EA spokesman, Jeff Brown, responded in an email (on LA Times' Blog) saying, "This is a PR play filled with pettiness and deliberate misdirection. Activision wants to hide the fact that they have no credible response to the claim of two artists who were fired and now just want to get paid for their work."
The case continues...
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