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Activision’s lawsuit vs Electronic Arts

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Activision’s Lawsuit Against Electronic Arts

A California Superior Court Judge has dismissed Electronic Arts’ interference claim. This means that Activision is still claiming that EA had sneaked appropriated Infinity Ward heads Vince Zampella and Jason West while it is still under contract with the publisher. 

The judge ruled that Activision has enough evidence against EA for the lawsuit to follow through and go on trial. The whole thing goes back to December 2010 when Activision filed an amended complaint against the two Infinity Ward heads for breach of contract. It said that EA severed the ties with the duo after propositions made since 2009.

According to Activision, West and Zampella were looking for other employment while still under contract and even flew via private jet to San Francisco to attend a barbecue held at John Riccietello’s home in August 2009. Riccietello is a EA CEO. Activision went on to allege that EA had plans to finance and even co-own a studio from West, Zampella and other employees from Infinity Ward.  This studio is one the publisher bought back in 2003.

Zampella and West filed a $36 million lawsuit against Activision. According to them, they were fired after they could have been paid the royalty payments for Modern Warfare 2. In June, a court judge ruled that West and Xampella had enough evidence to support their own case against Activision.