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Activision Pay Out $42 Million To West, Zampella & Chums

Trial still going ahead.

Gamasutra is reporting that Activision has paid $42 million to the ‘group representing former Infinity Ward heads Vince West and Jason Zampella.’

The money paid out is not ‘a settlement or an admission of guilt’ and the trial is still going ahead, begining May 29th.

The $42 million is only a ‘small portion’ of what West, Zampella and chums are seeking.

Source: Gamasutra
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25 Comments
  1. job
    Member
    Since: Jun 2010

    wow

    Comment posted on 15/05/2012 at 11:39.
  2. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    W&Z are asking for the moon on a stick.

    Activision are saying this is the bonus etc they owe the employees in the studio. W&Z’s lawyers counter-claim this is just one particular bonus for one particular period on one particular game (mw2) not the entirety of what they’re owed.

    The rest will be played out before our eyes in court.

    Comment posted on 15/05/2012 at 11:41.
  3. bunimomike
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    Good cod, that’s a lot of money even in these Modern times. West and Zampella have been at war fare ages and it only seems right they’ve finally been given their financial dues.

    Comment posted on 15/05/2012 at 11:45.
  4. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    Sounds like they are trying to convince West and Zampella to not go ahead with the court case.

    Would be the biggest shock in the industry if Acti lost the rights to COD.

    Will the court case cause BlOPS 2 to be delayed due to legal reasons?

    Comment posted on 15/05/2012 at 11:46.
    • david24
      Member
      Since: Feb 2011

      probably not, however the next cod was meant to be the future one not blops 2. apparently they pushed it forward due to this case.

      Comment posted on 15/05/2012 at 11:51.
    • IAmJacksMedullaOblongata
      Member
      Since: Nov 2011

      The rights to COD are not up for debate. Activision own COD. End of story.

      Comment posted on 15/05/2012 at 12:15.
      • david24
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        Well they may not if west, zambella and EA win.

        Comment posted on 15/05/2012 at 12:35.
      • Uhyve
        Member
        Since: Sep 2008

        Not all CoD rights, but West and Zampella do have a claim on any CoD games set post Vietnam (including near/distant future).

        http://www.thesixthaxis.com/2012/05/09/black-ops-iis-setting-could-land-activision-in-trouble/

        If the court case somehow gained traction all of a sudden, they could try to block the release of the Black Ops 2, and the weird thing is that they might actually have a shot.

        Comment posted on 15/05/2012 at 12:56.
      • cc_star
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Forever

        AFIK The only claim W&Z have is whether they own the royalty rights to Call of Duty releases set in modern or future settings, not the call of duty brand itself.

        If a game is released under the CoD brand that does have a modern or future setting then IW (as was) have a right to receive payments, which would be percentage that doesn’t appear to be determined.

        I have not seen a backed up claim that they are entitled to CoD itself, or even Modern Warfare for that matter, just payments of some unknown amount should it be set in the present or the future.

        Comment posted on 15/05/2012 at 13:00.
      • david24
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        i should of been clearer, its not cod there looking to, just the modern warfare name off of activision (at least that’s my understanding, cc seems to think differently)

        Comment posted on 15/05/2012 at 13:47.
      • david24
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        that as well as a large amount of unpaid royalties (I’ve heard its $125m) and to stop anyone but iw releasing a post Vietnam call of duty game.

        Comment posted on 15/05/2012 at 13:49.
      • cc_star
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Forever

        Seemed to initially be claiming the Modern Warfare name, but from that bit of paper that was leaked & linked to in the comment above it seems they can only claim payments should a game with the CoD brand be released in a modern or future setting.

        Comment posted on 15/05/2012 at 16:18.
  5. Awayze
    Member
    Since: Jul 2010

    COD is a Infinity Ward game, just give the COD brand back to the old IW and Blops 2 is violating the agreement by doing a future COD.

    MW series was already set in the future. I hope Z&W win the COD brand and go independent.

    Comment posted on 15/05/2012 at 12:18.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      CoD doesn’t seem to be any longer, the rights to modern & future settings under the CoD brand /may/ belong to IW depending if the memorum of understanding was legally binding, they aren’t always.
      You can’t know something that hasn’t been decided in court yet.

      And I wouldn’t call being wedged up EA’s ass independent. If so we can look forward to future Modern Warfare games coming with online passes, dlc stuff, something like battlefield premium & $30/month servers… Yeah, that’s a great win for gamers

      Comment posted on 15/05/2012 at 12:53.
      • david24
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        there likely be a whole load of innovation too.

        Comment posted on 15/05/2012 at 13:51.
      • cc_star
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Forever

        What, like happens in Treyarch’s releases?

        Comment posted on 15/05/2012 at 16:15.
      • david24
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        i was thinking more like frostbite 2.

        Comment posted on 15/05/2012 at 22:46.
  6. Jakster123x
    Member
    Since: Aug 2011

    “A small portion” of what they want? Greedy.

    Comment posted on 15/05/2012 at 13:35.
    • ico
      Member
      Since: Aug 2010

      Ask for $400m and get €40m is a result in my book. Demand less and they’ll ‘settle’ for less. Who wouldn”t want to take those activison guys for every red cent?! Enjoy cod but could live without it as getting little stale now.

      Comment posted on 15/05/2012 at 19:32.
  7. Forrest_01
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    Haha – A quick glance at the title was not my friend – i thoguht it said “Activision Pay Out $42 Million To West, Zampella & Chumps

    Comment posted on 15/05/2012 at 14:20.
    • david24
      Member
      Since: Feb 2011

      how did you get that in bold?

      Comment posted on 15/05/2012 at 22:40.
      • Forrest_01
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        Its a secret…

        Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 09:58.
  8. gaffers101
    Member
    Since: Oct 2008

    £42 million, flippin heck!! Imagine just having that sitting in your account for a few days, think of all the Haribo sweets you could buy….

    Comment posted on 15/05/2012 at 14:34.
    • ico
      Member
      Since: Aug 2010

      Enough tangfastic to take your head clean off! Yes please.

      Comment posted on 15/05/2012 at 19:29.
  9. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    Interesting, especially the bit about it not being a settlement or an admission of guilt. Can’t wait to hear all about what really went down.

    Comment posted on 15/05/2012 at 14:54.

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