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Ex-Infinity Ward heads sue Activision

Ex-Infinity Ward heads sue Activision

The recently fired Infinity Ward bosses Jason West and Vince Zampella are now suing Activision.

Jason West and Vince Zampella, the former bosses of Infinity Ward who were fired by Activision earlier this week, have launched a lawsuit against the publisher over unpaid royalties.

Activision reportedly sent in security to the studios of the Modern Warfare 2 developer and fired both Jason and Vince, who had been with the studio for more than nine years, for "insubordination". That insubordination is rumoured to have involved complaining about how the team had never received any of the royalties that were promised from Modern Warfare 2, as well as approaching other publishers as the situation deteriorated.

"Activision has refused to honour 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," said their attorney Robert Schwartz.

"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 1."

Activision meanwhile has announced the formation of a new department to manage the Call of Duty brand, which will include bringing new studios and making many more games, some of which will focus on "high margin digital content".

The duo's lawsuit alleges breach of contract, violation of public policy and wrongful termination, among others.

"After all we have given to Activision, we shouldn't have to sue to get paid," added Zampella.

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Ross1 4th March 2010, 12:30 Quote
Lets hope they IW and activision waste all their money in courts.
proxess 4th March 2010, 12:37 Quote
And die a terrible death.
mikeuk2004 4th March 2010, 12:38 Quote
So who is getting fat from our money if the bosses are not gettingpaid?
mi1ez 4th March 2010, 12:42 Quote
Good. I hope they win!
kenco_uk 4th March 2010, 12:49 Quote
Fired because they didn't get paid and were looking for another job? Fishy..
Gunsmith 4th March 2010, 13:03 Quote
if the console crowd buy the next cod after all this then it'll only prove that they really are consoletards.
tonyd223 4th March 2010, 13:46 Quote
Hah - hope Activision make the Sunday Times 100 Best Comapnies to Work for list...
Silver51 4th March 2010, 14:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
if The console crowd will buy the next cod after all this then it'll only prove that. They really are consoletards.

There, fixed for you.
lacuna 4th March 2010, 15:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
if the console crowd buy the next cod after all this then it'll only prove that they really are consoletards.

'After all this' -What, a few internal HR issues that 99% of people who bought/will buy the game will never hear about? Yeah, thats a really critical deciding factor when choosing a game
Redbeaver 4th March 2010, 16:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by mikeuk2004
So who is getting fat from our money if the bosses are not gettingpaid?

their bosses' bosses.
Psytek 4th March 2010, 16:35 Quote
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So who is getting fat from our money if the bosses are not gettingpaid?

Bobby Kotick.
Gunsmith 4th March 2010, 16:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by mikeuk2004
So who is getting fat from our money if the bosses are not gettingpaid?

Bobby "C*ntcface" Kotick.

fixed
Bloodburgers 4th March 2010, 17:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by Redbeaver
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Originally Posted by mikeuk2004
So who is getting fat from our money if the bosses are not gettingpaid?

their bosses' bosses.

And their Bosses' Bosses' Bosses. And their Bosses' Bosses' Bosses' Bosses.

So i ask you again brothers "What have Activision EVER done for us?"
kornedbeefy 4th March 2010, 17:59 Quote
IW how you have failed. You failed PC gamers and now you pay the price. We were staunch supporters of the COD series until the turd MW2 where you betrayed PC gamers. They say what goes around comes around. Enjoy.
Stormwulf 4th March 2010, 18:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bloodburgers
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Originally Posted by Redbeaver
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Originally Posted by mikeuk2004
So who is getting fat from our money if the bosses are not gettingpaid?

their bosses' bosses.

And their Bosses' Bosses' Bosses. And their Bosses' Bosses' Bosses' Bosses.

So i ask you again brothers "What have Activision EVER done for us?"

Irrigation?
mjm25 4th March 2010, 19:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Redbeaver
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Originally Posted by mikeuk2004
So who is getting fat from our money if the bosses are not gettingpaid?

their bosses' bosses.

Bindi. Probably.
vegettoxp 4th March 2010, 20:32 Quote
I also Hope IW Wins. I have other reason besides people getting Fat Wallets. I don't mind paying for games that are Worth Every Penny. COD-MW2 ROCKS! My Two Cents and Opinion!

Josh
DriftCarl 4th March 2010, 22:38 Quote
I dont care anymore, MW2 was my first cod game, and my last, sure it was pretty fun when it works, but I got totally fed up of being thrown back to teh lobby for 10 minutes before getting into a game with me mates.

BC2 will not be crap like that, dedi servers ftw
Dave Lister 4th March 2010, 23:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Stormwulf
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Originally Posted by Bloodburgers
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Originally Posted by Redbeaver
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Originally Posted by mikeuk2004
So who is getting fat from our money if the bosses are not gettingpaid?

their bosses' bosses.

And their Bosses' Bosses' Bosses. And their Bosses' Bosses' Bosses' Bosses.

So i ask you again brothers "What have Activision EVER done for us?"

Irrigation?

The aquaduct ?
JustLeigh 5th March 2010, 01:06 Quote
Is it just me or is this all a bit similar to the fight comic creators had to go through to get royalties and the rights to charcters they had created?
It's a shame companies don't seem to learn from history. Without creators making product for them, they got nothing. So pay them their damn royalties and be nice!

Oh, and the roads. :D
b5k 5th March 2010, 02:38 Quote
I'd like to suggest to everyone slamming IW for making a "bad product" that they were told to do so by Activision and the reason it's so bad in the first place was probably because Activision forced them to make them maximum profits which means spending less time on development which means less time on the PC version.

I'm sure IW would've liked to say the release date was "when it's done", but it seems like publishers and their shareholders had different ideas.
Adnoctum 5th March 2010, 04:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Stormwulf
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Originally Posted by Bloodburgers
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Originally Posted by Redbeaver
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Originally Posted by mikeuk2004
So who is getting fat from our money if the bosses are not gettingpaid?

their bosses' bosses.

And their Bosses' Bosses' Bosses. And their Bosses' Bosses' Bosses' Bosses.

So i ask you again brothers "What have Activision EVER done for us?"

Irrigation?

The aqueduct ?

Public baths.
But sadly, not peace by the look of it...
1ad7 5th March 2010, 08:33 Quote
Eye for an eye?
hexx 5th March 2010, 10:01 Quote
I hope these guys get paid, that's shame that team responsible for bringing CoD back to life with Modern Warfare doesn't get paid. But who knows what's behind the scenes where none of us can see.
xaser04 5th March 2010, 11:10 Quote
Based on the quotes reported this seems like a pretty open and shut case. However, there must be more too this than that.
theflatworm 5th March 2010, 11:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by xaser04
Based on the quotes reported this seems like a pretty open and shut case. However, there must be more too this than that.

Or if there isn't, I'm sure they'll find a way to make it look like there is. I'm pretty sure Activision are utter *******s, though there are few companies who aren't, these days (Valve?).

As to the game, I played the COD series right from COD1 up until the demo of MW1, and I was never that much of a fan. Always seemed like porncorn gaming: kinda moreish, but you never felt satisfied. From the reports thus far, it seems that MW2 is more of the same, so until it hits the bargain bin I'll skip it.
Showerhead 5th March 2010, 12:00 Quote
Documents up on kokatu Really dosen't read as a professional legal document at all no fancy lamguage or such.
Interesting claims such as a six hour interegation by activision without them knowing what they were being charged with and other employees being brought to tears.

Unfortunately unless they can get a few other employees to come forward and testify they've no real hard evidence it seems
Xir 5th March 2010, 12:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Adnoctum
Public baths.
But sadly, not peace by the look of it...

But apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and public health, what have Activision ever done for us?
impar 5th March 2010, 12:09 Quote
Greetings!
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Call of Duty Lawsuit Separates "Call of Duty" and "Modern Warfare", Explains Scope of Royalties

Documents detailing the lawsuit against Activision brought by Jason West and Vince Zampella--the co-founders and former heads of Call of Duty series creator Infinity Ward--have surfaced via Kotaku, offering a clearer view of what's going on.
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West and Zampella are not only suing for compensation and royalties, but control of the "Modern Warfare" brand. They claim the royalties they seek were agreed to in that March 2008 agreement, and cover money owed based upon the record sales of Modern Warfare 2 as well as future royalties for any titles published by Activision under the "Call of Duty" name or titles that utilize a significant portion of Infinity Ward's proprietary technology.
airchie 5th March 2010, 12:48 Quote
It would seem that if they have a contract saying they'll recieve x royalties ad bank statements showing they recieved burger-all, then its pretty open-shut.

Sounds like greed is at the bottom of this, whether from the IW guys or Activison.
I just hope whoever is being a greedy barsteward gets their cum-uppance.
Adnoctum 5th March 2010, 13:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xir
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Originally Posted by Adnoctum
Public baths.
But sadly, not peace by the look of it...

But apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and public health, what have Activision ever done for us?

The vomitarium?
A friendly consumer experience?
18-player caps?
IWNet?
??

Edit: Viruses??
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