Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:25am 05/03/10 | 26 Comments
Further to our report yesterday regarding the ruckus going on over at Activision and Infinity Ward, the LA Times has reported former IW execs, Jason West and Frank Zampella, who were fired from the company earlier this week, have filed a lawsuit against Activision for wrongful termination and an apparent breach of contract.
According to the report Activision set an internal investigation against the two for acts of "insubordination" and "violations of Activision policies", however, it is alleged the two were cleared of any wrongful claims just prior to their being fired on Monday, sparking an immediate legal response from the two.
They have also filed for complete control of the Call of Duty franchise for any games set after the Vietnam War, demanding that Activision not release any games baring the name without their expressed permission. They have also asked for a payment of "unpaid" royalties in excess of US$36 million.
Activision responded to the lawsuit to the LA Times stating the following:
Activision is disappointed that Mr. Zampella and Mr. West have chosen to file a lawsuit, and believes their claims are meritless. Over eight years, Activision shareholders provided these executives with the capital they needed to start Infinity Ward, as well as the financial support, resources and creative independence that helped them flourish and achieve enormous professional success and personal wealth.