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.
In return, Activision legitimately expected them to honor their obligations to Activision, just like any other executives who hold positions of trust in the company. While the company showed enormous patience, it firmly believes that its decision was justified based on their course of conduct and actions. Activision remains committed to the Call of Duty franchise, which it owns, and will continue to produce exciting and innovative games for its millions of fans.