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Activision Blizzard drops the $400 million claim vs Electronic Arts

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by edvard pettersson

Activision’s Lawsuit Against Electronic Arts

Activision Blizzard Inc. (ATVI) dropped the $400 million claim against rival video-game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) that was part of a lawsuit scheduled for trial May 29 with the developers of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

“Activision and Electronic Arts have decided to put this matter behind them,” Activision lawyer Beth Wilkinson said today after a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The settlement removes Electronic Arts from a trial that pits Activision against the former heads of its Infinity Ward studio who created the billion-dollar “Call of Duty” franchise. Activision fired the developers, West and Zampella, in 2010, alleging they plotted with Electronic Arts to leave Activision and set up a new independent studio.

Activision had accused Electronic Arts of disrupting Infinity Ward by trying to lure away the two developers while they still had two years left on their contract. West and Zampella sued Activision after they were fired and seek more than $1 billion in damages.

The companies will ask the court to dismiss the claims, Wilkinson said, declining to comment further on any settlement terms. Richard Kendall, a lawyer for Electronic Arts, also declined to comment.

Activision, based in Santa Monica, California, the biggest U.S. publisher of video games, had added Electronic Arts in its counterclaims to a lawsuit brought by West and Zampella.

False Promises

Zampella and West in their complaint allege that Activision strung them along with false promises of royalties and creative control so that they would complete “Modern Warfare 2,” the game that helped Activision leapfrog Electronic Arts as the biggest video-game publisher.

Activision said in a May 9 regulatory filing that the developers’ damages claim has increased to more than $1 billion, from the $36 million the two sought in unpaid royalties when they first sued two years ago.

In its counterclaims, Activision sought to hold Redwood City, California-based Electronic Arts and the two developers liable for $400 million in damages from delays and disruptions at Infinity Ward.

Wretched Conduct

“Activision dragged EA into the case hoping to distract from Activision’s wretched conduct towards West and Zampella,” Robert Schwartz, a lawyer for the two developers, said in an e- mailed statement. “In dismissing EA today, Activision admits that it was never going to convince anyone that EA conspired with West and Zampella to breach their contracts or did anything else improper.”

Wilkinson said at a hearing yesterday that Activision had paid $42 million in launch bonuses owed for “Modern Warfare 2” to former Infinity Ward employees who left after West and Zampella were fired and who filed their own lawsuit that was combined for trial with West and Zampella’s.

Infinity Ward Employee Group , who seek $350 million in damages for unpaid royalties and bonuses, will be part of the trial on their other claims.

Wilkinson, who was hired May 10 by Activision as its new lead lawyer, asked California Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle at a hearing yesterday to postpone trial for 30 days so she can get up to speed. Berle today denied that request.

The case is West v. Activision, SC107041, California Superior Court (Los Angeles County).

 

And more court dates for Activision - The “Delta Force” logo !

And more court dates for Activision - The “Delta Force” logo

Must be bad karma...

Gamedeveloper NovaLogic sues Activision over using Delta Force logo in Modern Warfare 3.

Gamedeveloper NovaLogic sued Activision over using Delta Force logo in Modern Warfare 3.

 

Their complaint states:

“There is no unit of the U.S. Army called Delta Force… There is a branch of the Army’s Special Operations known as 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta (’1st SF-ODD’). The U.S. Army officially denies that any unit called Delta Force exists and does not claim ownership to either the Delta Force name or the logo… The infringing mark’s lightning rod is horizontal rather than vertical and a portion of the delta sign is set behind the dagger blade rather than being superimposed.”

According to the report, Activision denied NovaLogic's request to change in May 2011.

As a result of defendants’ [Activision's] wrongful conduct, NovaLogic has lost millions of dollars, possibly more,” according to the complaint. “If defendants’ infringing practices are not discontinued quickly, it is likely that the damage to NovaLogic will grow exponentially, causing more confusion in the market place, and to the reputation for quality that NovaLogic has worked so hard to establish.”

Will it be an other payoff settlement for ATVI ?

Former Infinity Ward developers got $42m from ATVI

Game Industry News

by Steve Peterson

Zampella and West vs Activision - Trial starts May 7, 2012

 

Activision paid 42 million dollars in one Infinity Ward case but lawsuit continues. The Infinity Ward Employee Group (IWEG) think it's not enough... 

The high-profile legal battle over royalties owed to former Infinity Ward co-founders and developers over Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 took an unusual turn today, as Activision sent a check for $42 million to the Infinity Ward Employee Group (IWEG).

Bruce Isaacs, attorney for the group, told Polygon that they plan to continue the lawsuit to get the rest of what they feel they are owed. Activision is now seeking to delay the scheduled May 29th start of the trial for another 30 days so that its new lead attorney, Beth Wilkinson, can get up to speed.

The payment came after the end of the discovery period in March, where all evidence for the upcoming trial has been collected. Activision, upon reviewing the evidence, decided that the Infinity Ward Employee Group was not complicit in the secret talks that Infinity Ward co-founders Jason West and Vince Zampella were holding with Electronic Arts, and that a payment to the group was warranted.

Bruce Isaacs confirmed that the payment had been made, calling it a "cynical attempt to look good before the jury trial." Isaacs continued, "I can confirm for you that it happened today. I can also tell you that although it is a meaningful payment it is only a small portion of what we are seeking in litigation. It is outrageous that they made us wait, they obviously knew they owed the money and this just shows that they breached the contract."

The $42 million which included 10 percent interest, is in addition to the $22 million already paid for the first quarter launch bonus. The damages claim by West and Zampella has increased from the $36 million in unpaid royalties the pair first sought in 2010 to more than $1 billion today. 

Unsealed testimony alleges Activision tried to spy on ex-Infinity Ward heads...

IGN's Tina Palacios becomes Infinity Ward's community manager

Game Industry News

Infinity Ward's NEW community manager wil be former IGN employee Tina Palacios.

Quote from IGN website :

" As many of you know, Tina's been at the heart of the 1UP and IGN communities for several years now, injecting her unique brand of humor and passion into our sites, and breaking down the barriers between our internal editorial teams and our valued community members. Both 1UP and IGN are much better sites and communities thanks to her. "

"I can't say what my official duties are yet," says Palacios. "But I definitely want to bridge the gap between devs and fans – making sure their voices are heard."

Well she will need more than just humor and passion. Lets hope she knows her hands will be tied from day one.... 

We wish her  GL !

 

Ex-Infinity Ward Fourzerotwo opens Game Studio

Game Industry News

by Jim Reilly

game development studio called Robotoki.

After abruptly leaving developer Infinity Ward in late March, former Modern Warfare 3 "creative strategist" Fourzerotwo (Robert Bowling) is opening a game development studio called Robotoki. Fourzerotwo said the decision to form his own company began immediately after resigning from his long-time position with Activision.

“Robotoki is focused on being a developer development studio that just happens to make games,” he said. “We are focused on our team first and everything else second, because I believe as an industry; we have a lot to learn on how to treat talent. While we continue to out stride film and music entertainment in other areas, we are falling severely behind in how to properly inspire and support our creative talent."

Fourzerotwo said Robotoki is completely self-funded and will only partner with those who support that model. “I wanted to create an environment where the creative vision holders held complete control over their work and could guide and maintain it from concept to execution."

Robotoki’s first project, which will be revealed later this year, is slated for release on next-gen consoles, PC, and mobile devices (iOS, Tablet, Android). “As a developer, our focus is on creating a universe first, experiences second, and game mechanics last, “ Fourzerotwo said. “With focus being on universe, we aim to create experiences that transcend platforms and genres and allow our players to connect to our world, their characters, and gameplay via any medium (console, PC, or mobile).

“However, how they experience the world is unique to their device. The mobile / tablet experience should not mimic the console or PC experience, it should be additive to it, not supplemental. Allowing them to support their console and PC experience, continue their progression, but by experiencing the world in a meaningful and unique way."

Bowling added, “Our focus is creating an experience that is no longer strictly single player, strictly co-op, or strictly multiplayer, but adapting the strengths of each of these into a unique experience that is fueled by the actions and contributions in each.”

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