The legal action involving Activision, EA and former Infinity Ward studio heads Jason West and Vince Zampella, looks set to come to its conclusion next year. This follows a decision by a US judge to deny EA’s request to throw out Activision’s $400m case and that Activision had presented sufficient evidence to uphold its claim, which will now be heard before a court on 7th May 2012.
Eurogamer reports; “Activision is alleging that West and Zampella breached their contracts and duty of loyalty to the publisher by conduct that was “insubordinate and otherwise improper”, adding that the pair’s actions were caused, at least in part, by EA’s “unlawful tampering”.
We first reported on Activision’s counter-suit a year ago, which seems to allege that West and Zampella, backed by EA carried, out some rather underhand activities during the later period of their employment and particularly during Treyarch’s promotion of CoD: Black Ops. West and Zampella were subsequently dismissed from Infinity Ward and went on to claim wrongful dismissal and missing payments from Activision, and set up Respawn Studios, securing a publishing deal with EA. To date, their new studio seems to specialise in very poor quality imagery.