In this corner…

If you haven’t heard by now, there is a storm brewing between Infinity Ward and Activision.

Earlier in the week Vince Zampella and Jason West (the leads from Infinity Ward) met with Activision.  Apparently it wasn’t good as rumors were spread around that Activision had questioned them endlessly and searched through their cell phones and other documents.  Later on, Jason West put a message up on his Facebook page saying he was no longer employed.

Activision sent out this statement:

“The Company is concluding an internal human resources inquiry into breaches of contract and insubordination by two senior employees at Infinity Ward,” Acitivsion states in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. “This matter is expected to involve the departure of key personnel and litigation. At present, the Company does not expect this matter to have a material impact on the Company.”

So it appeared that they were both indeed fired for what the company referred to as, insubordination.

This wasn’t the end of it though as West and Zampella struck back.  They have filed a lawsuit against Activision for breach of contract amongst other claims.

“Instead of thanking, lauding, or just plain paying Jason and Vince for giving Activision the most successful entertainment product ever offered to the public,” attorney Robert Schwartz said, “last month Activision hired lawyers to conduct a pretextual ‘investigation’ into unstated and unsubstantiated charges of ‘insubordination’ and ‘breach of fiduciary duty,’ which then became the grounds for their termination on Monday, March 1st.”

Things are sure heating up as Activision responded by saying they were disappointed in the lawsuit and that it was “meritless”.

If you don’t know who Infinity Ward are, they are the developers of the highly successful franchise, Call of Duty.  The series became extremely popular with Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2 which made millions of dollars and breaking sales records.

It will be interesting to see what is going to happen to the series, the developers, and the public backlash to Activision.  Hopefully they don’t turn Call of Duty into another Guitar Hero or Tony Hawk type franchise.


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