Activision vs. Infinity Ward Case has Been Settled
A settlement has been reached in the outstanding case between publisher heavy weight Activsion and developer Infinity Ward. Infinity Ward is known for the creation of the Call of Duty franchise and came into question after the release of Modern Warfare 2 by it’s publisher.
The case was that the two founders of Infinity Ward, Jason West and Vince Zampella, were accused of breaking away from Activision before their contracts were up and taking top IW talent with them.
On the other side, West and Zampella denied this and accused Activision of withholding royalties from MW2‘s success from IW’s employees.
News from the courtroom today, where Activision vs. Infinity Ward would finally be seen by a jury. A settlement was made and the case is now closed. The ruling is confidential but Polygon got some interesting tidbits from and inside source.
In a Los Angeles Superior Court today are attorneys for Activision, West, Zampella and the Alderman group, an entity representing 38 former Infinity Ward employees. Jason West is also in attendance, smiling.
That part in bold is my favorite. The terms were “strictly confidential” but we might know where they lean.
The judge, upon wrapping up the proceedings, congratulated the gathering for an “excellent job.”
West, apparently happy, walked from the courtroom with his attorney. When asked for his thoughts on the decision, West remained quiet but his attorney said “No comment.”
There were no objections, so I think whatever the settlement was had to have been good for both sides, maybe? The 38 former employees of Infinity Ward with West and Zampella may of gotten what they wanted after all. Now both parties can focus on bigger and better things, hopefully.
But will we ever know what really happened? Comment below if you have an opinion on the matter