It’s On! Ousted Infinity Ward Studio Heads Sue Activision
The drama continues in the Infinity Ward/Activision saga as reports are surfacing that ousted Infinity Ward studio heads Jason West and Vince Zampella are suing Activision. According to Joystiq, the lawsuit is seeking compensation as well as contractual rights to the Modern Warfare brand for what they claim to be wrongful termination.
“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 stated, “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.”
Rumors state that Activision fired the pair before substantial royalty payments were made on the successful Modern Warfare 2. SEC filings claim that Activision is conducting an internal investigation on the insubordination of two employees.
Jason West and Vince Zampella are responsible for the creation of Call of Duty and are the co-founders of Infinity Ward. Activision bought Infinity Ward in 2003 after the success of the game.
UPDATE: Suit documents have been posted online. Below is one of such pages: