Infinity Ward Founders Suing Activision

Jason West and Vince Zampella, the recently-fired heads of Infinity Ward, have filed a suit against Activision seeking “substantial royalty payments” that they say were never paid to the studio for Modern Warfare 2 and seeking to gain back the rights to the Call of Duty series.

The attorney for West and Zampella, Robert Schwartz of the law firm O’Melveny & Myers said, “Activision has refused to honor the terms of its agreements and is intentionally flouting the fundamental public policy of this State (California) that employers must pay their employees what they have rightfully earned. Instead of thanking, lauding, or just plain paying Jason and Vince for giving Activision the most successful entertainment product ever offered to the public, last month Activision hired lawyers to conduct a pretextual ‘investigation’ into unstated and unsubstantiated charges of ‘insubordination’ and ‘breach of fiduciary duty,’ which then became the grounds for their termination on Monday, March 1st.”

In addition, the suit also aims to provide West and Zampella with the contractual rights to the Call of Duty series. Essentially, the creators of Call of Duty are hoping to receive the rights to the games and to keep Activision from being able to make more games under their brand name.

Speaking on the situation, Jason West said, “We were shcoked by Activision’s decision to terminate our contract. We poured our heart and soul into that company, building not only a world class development studio, but assembling a team we’ve been proud to work with for nearly a decade. We think the work we’ve done speaks for itself.”

So, will Activision be allowed to create all of those Call of Duty games they just announced? Or will West and Zampella finally get paid for their work and gain back the right to publish their series? This just keeps becoming more and more interesting.