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Activision Targets EA For Interfering In Infinity Ward Debacle
Written Wednesday, December 22, 2010 By Richard Walker
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Activision has added another target to its lawsuit against former employees Jason West and Vince Zampella, who left the company following the alleged non-payment of royalty cheques. Electronic Arts is now in the firing line, as the lawsuit's allegations state that West and Zampella were being courted to join EA as early as July 2009, with a secret meeting apparently transpiring between EA chief executive John Riccitiello and the Infinity Ward co-founders back in August 2009.

West and Zampella have launched their own bid to sue Activision for $36 million on behalf of almost 40 employees yet to receive royalty payments. The duo has since left Infinity Ward to form Respawn Entertainment where the new studio will produce games exclusively for EA. Consequently, Activision alleges that EA actively interfered with contracts, engaged in unfair competitive practices and aided and abetted breaches of fiduciary duty by the executives.

Activision's lawsuit claim against West, Zampella and EA stands at $400 million, which EA spokesman, Jeff Brown, responded in an email (on LA Times' Blog) saying, "This is a PR play filled with pettiness and deliberate misdirection. Activision wants to hide the fact that they have no credible response to the claim of two artists who were fired and now just want to get paid for their work."

The case continues...

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Comment #1 by PKopetzky
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 07:10:05 AM
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A story worthy of an own soap opera!

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Comment #2 by Klis
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 07:24:13 AM
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@1 hope it comes to the PSN xD

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Comment #3 by opt1mus76
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 07:24:27 AM
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Handbags at 50 paces...

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Comment #4 by ZACHSP8
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 07:26:28 AM
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You knew EA had to be involved somewhere as they think they are bigger thn the law at best of times.

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Comment #5 by crymsonglacius
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 07:32:52 AM
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Fuck Activision. They're just pissed that EA has become the company They never will. I know a lot of people on here hate EA but I freaking love em. I hope the Respawn guys get the money they deserved and go on to make a game far greater then CODMW2.

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Comment #6 by Carbs91
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 07:33:43 AM
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@2 Hopefully it is free

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Comment #7 by DOMINIRICANKiiD
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 08:44:42 AM
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You've been served lmfaoo =]

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Comment #8 by Mee-Gell
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 08:47:02 AM
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doesnt make a difference to me. they are all making way more money than me lol. and im still going to play games from both companies. i know some people that boycott activision and that kind of thing. who cares. ill have fun playing more video games.

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Comment #9 by Arcane Paradise
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 09:44:45 AM
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This will never end, at least not with a solid winner, no one really knows what happened, and thats the problem, as a judge, how do you come to a decision in a he said this he said that case? Both cases might be thrown out and the two will have to just make nice somehow, and sadly, MW3 may never see the light of day because of it, so its really the fans who will suffer from all this.

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Comment #10 by Donkey-er
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 09:51:21 AM
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@6 lol it's activision we're talking about:P
would be subscription of at least 30 bucksXD

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Comment #11 by starcrunch061
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 10:20:52 AM
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LMAO. EA is a shit company. Hate Activision all you want, but EA has been a monumental joke this generation, with horrible management decisions at just about every turn.

I'm with #8, at least theoretically. Console wars are lame enough, but video game company awards? Gimme a break...

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Comment #12 by starcrunch061
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 10:21:44 AM
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Whoops - I meant to say "video game company WARS". Thinking too many things at the same time...

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Comment #13 by UnderwAirWolf
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 11:10:13 AM
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@ 1

Or an Oscar-worthy film a la "The Social Network"???

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Comment #14 by xX_shoemaker_Xx
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 11:13:57 AM
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@9 all that is going to really come out of this is a judge ordering payment to west and zampella for their completed work (probably the $36 million their seeking), because it can be proven that they completed mw2 and blah, blah, blah..

as for all the other allegations, it'll all probably be thrown out because like you said, it cannot be proven, it is just a he said-she said battle.. unless there is an email between zampella/west and EA, the specifically states there are trying to sabotage Activision, there is simply no proof..

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Comment #15 by timewarp
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 12:08:14 PM
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I'm gonna be honest here. I like EA Games even more now. They just need to ditch those annoying online codes and everyone will be on their side here.

Activision is just angry that EA Games is sticking up for Jason and Vince, they obviously didn't except anyone to stick up for them.

Seeing as in the past Bobby "Satan" Kotick tried to act like the one being backstabbed by Jason and Vince. Honestly it's as clever as Ian Huntley seeing the two girls who kidnapped took him hostage.

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Comment #16 by humpalotj
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 12:26:32 PM
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They Can Eat My A*s With a Spon for alli care ... lol
Activison is just hungry for Money .
Ea : no comments ilike them .

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Comment #17 by sanchezz4387
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 02:00:18 PM
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Fuck activision they get everything they deserve, a company that can bring a broken game out that hasn't even been tested deserves all the shit in the world, nit to mention all they do is bleed a franchise dry to the point of embarrassment then move swiftly on to a new game, hope these two rape them for every penny then make modern warfare under ea, let's face it ea arnt perfect but battlefield bc 1/2 kick cods arse

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Comment #18 by Catscan93
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 03:15:54 PM
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Activision vs EA?


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Comment #19 by DarkXPower6
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 03:59:56 PM
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All I want for Bobby Kotick DEAD!!

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Comment #20 by AverySegaw
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 04:40:08 PM
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I WANT WAR! This probably won't end well, considering it's a battle between two of the biggest video game publishers out there...

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Comment #21 by xhair
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 05:12:12 PM
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its either gonna bring down both companies or make one extremely richer, as long as we dont get the short straw

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Comment #22 by K-I-L-L-A
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 06:26:54 PM
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Fuck em both!!! Activision their best game is Black ops just cause its da only playstation 3 game dat allows 4 split-screen online multiplayer game! Fuck infinity ward with their hack fest games ,,!,, EA's on da other hand got BFBC2 w/ Vietnam da greatest shooter of all times, and yes i said it, ALL FUCKING TIMES!! and Dead Space!!! .... where's fucking ubi soft with Ghost Recon damn it!!!

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Comment #23 by heas14
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 07:08:31 PM
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i hope ea looses i just dont like that they are so greedy and punished us for their mistakes with online passes and crappy quality games and cheap material...but i don't really care i know that activision sucks 2 but they had a contract and i think that ea was behind this in a way

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Comment #24 by timewarp
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 07:16:52 PM
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wouldn't that be Sony Computer Entertainment Vs Microsoft Studios?

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Comment #25 by heas14
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 09:14:34 PM
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@24 he said publishers even though sony and microsoft are also publishers they haven't been competing since 1995 i think it was even before that

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Comment #26 by Sly-Creed
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 09:57:37 PM
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This doesnt even effect me. I just dont like how there wont be a MW3 because of this. EA has the worst servers, and I that online code bullshit, but activision on the other hand, is just plain greedy and keep telling developers to make games every year until the franchise turns bad ( Guitar Hero, Tony Hawk, COD). I do want EA to win though since they have better games.

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Comment #27 by Ecks37
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 02:27:34 AM
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Everyone picks on ea for their online pass but its no big deal if you buy it new, they give you the pass free...I hated mw2, so whoever is at fault there should have to shell out cash. Wish it were to the consumer that had to endure that garbage game though

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Comment #28 by TaeKwonSquatchy
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 04:23:47 AM
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Looks like both companies are getting the benefit of free publicity from this one.

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Comment #29 by Colonel_Gerdauf
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 05:59:46 PM
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ok, MW2 had an awesome spec-ops program, but has a propaganda-fasioned storyline and pathetically flawed multiplayer.

outside of that Activision is a bully and acts like the head corporation.

This is now how i prooritize:

I use Ubi games for myself
I use EA games for multiplayer
I may use Acti game when i have guests
I use Sony games for the sake of trophies

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Comment #30 by ahhhrealmonsters
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 06:17:46 PM
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I'm only interested in this shit storm cause the way it could effect us gamers.

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Comment #31 by Super Smash Bros. Fan
Thursday, January 06, 2011 @ 06:19:47 PM
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Oh great, a video game companies war is starting.

Hate to say it, but unless both companies can clean up their acts soon, it's going to at least put a noticeable dent on both companies plus Sony and Microsoft since Activision and EA Sports earns most of their money from both companies (To a lesser extend, it may also hurt the gaming industry).

The longer this last, the more this is going to suck for gamers.

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Game Info
Infinity Ward


US November 10, 2009
Europe November 10, 2009
Japan December 10, 2010

Resolution: 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Players: 1-4
Online Players : 2-18
ESRB: Mature
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