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Activision Settle With West & Zampella

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Activision have settled with former employees West & Zampella.

Their attorney has confirmed that a settlement has been reached, but the conditions of that settlement are confidential.¬†“We have reached a settlement in this matter as to all parties and all claims,” he said. “Dismissals will be filed soon.”

The case was meant to go to court on the 1st of June, and apparently a billion dollars were at stake. The duo sued Activision after being fired from Infinity Ward over bonus payments. Activision then counter-sued the pair, accusing them of stealing employees.

It’s unlikely we’ll ever hear the outcome.

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20 Comments
  1. Spotter5
    Member
    Since: Forever

    Obviously had something to hide, then.

    Comment posted on 31/05/2012 at 21:56.
  2. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    Would be interesting to know the outcome, I presume the settlement will include gagging orders on both sides… although looking at the PR battle W&Z’s team have been waging it wouldn’t be surprising to see something leak.

    Acti have remained relatively quiet in comparison so we’ve generally heard only one side through all this build up.

    I think if it was nailed on a W&Z’s bravado would have had you believe they surely wouldn’t have settled, so there must be something somewhere in Activision’s favour.

    The great point is that it’s all over and everyone can get on with making games again. YEY!

    Comment posted on 31/05/2012 at 21:57.
    • Lymmusic
      Member
      Since: Mar 2010

      Would be great to know, but both sides have been told not to say anything otherwise they will be bummed by binmen…

      Comment posted on 31/05/2012 at 22:16.
  3. Paranoimia
    Member
    Since: Aug 2008

    So basically, guilty as charged, then.

    Comment posted on 31/05/2012 at 23:01.
  4. rht992
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    And know to await the Social Network style thriller that’ll be in cinemas in 2015

    Comment posted on 31/05/2012 at 23:03.
  5. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    It’s hard to judge who was in the right, and who was in the wrong, I’m sure neither party are innocent, but it does seem that Acti fired them unfairly/plotted against them.

    Comment posted on 31/05/2012 at 23:04.
    • Paranoimia
      Member
      Since: Aug 2008

      Generally, people/organisations only settle out of court if they know there’s a good chance of them being found guilty and the court awarding a much larger settlement.

      To me, this indicates that Activision were very much in the wrong, and knew it. They probably went to court hoping that their team of high-priced lawyers would scare West & Zampella into backing down, but they had their bluff called.

      Comment posted on 31/05/2012 at 23:09.
      • cc_star
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Forever

        It was W&Z who took Activision to court.

        If they were that sure, they would have just continued & not settled I’d have thought.

        Comment posted on 01/06/2012 at 01:16.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        Maybe they settled for a few millions less and thought they’d save some lawyer costs.

        Comment posted on 01/06/2012 at 08:13.
      • PoorPaddy89
        Member
        Since: Aug 2009

        A few million guaranteed could be considered more attractive that the possibility of nothing at all. It’s hard to judge it either way. All I know is I didn’t get any.

        Comment posted on 01/06/2012 at 09:41.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      Yeah but were Acti “plotting against them” because they were actively working against them including crashing the BlOps reveal with DLC announcements & that’s just what we know about never mind what might have come up. Now we’ll probably never know

      Comment posted on 01/06/2012 at 01:20.
  6. Tomhlord
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Apr 2009

    Biggest anti-climax in gaming history.

    Comment posted on 31/05/2012 at 23:20.
    • hazelam
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      i thought duke nukem forever took that honour.

      Comment posted on 01/06/2012 at 09:44.
  7. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    I wish i could buy my way out of any scrape like tacivision always seem to do.

    Comment posted on 01/06/2012 at 00:06.
    • Paranoimia
      Member
      Since: Aug 2008

      “tacivision” – if that’s deliberate, I like! :-)

      Comment posted on 01/06/2012 at 00:18.
      • TSBonyman
        Member
        Since: Dec 2009

        ;)

        Comment posted on 01/06/2012 at 00:33.
  8. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    well, i’d imagine substantial sums of money changed hands and some lawyers made a bloody fortune.

    Comment posted on 01/06/2012 at 09:43.
  9. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    How does one steal employees? I’m sure it is up to the employees to decide if they want to jump ship or not. Or did they kidnap them and force them to accept the contract?

    Tis disappointing that we won’t know what the outcome was but i imagine it involved a lot of cash and a few fishes.

    Comment posted on 01/06/2012 at 09:50.
    • nofi
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      it’ll be in their contract to not go to another similar role without a six month gap, etc. it’s very common in most industries.

      Comment posted on 01/06/2012 at 10:08.
  10. SpikeyMikey23
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    Hopefully we can start to find out what Respawn are upto

    Comment posted on 01/06/2012 at 11:25.

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