Gaming blog Joystiq is reporting more details
on the nasty lawsuits still under way between Activision and Jason West and Vince Zampella, the Ex-executives of Infinity Ward and Call of Duty fame who were fired early this year in a controversial conflict that much of the gaming community viewed as two developers sticking it to the man as they formed a new studio, Respawn Entertainment and signed a publishing deal with Electronic Arts.
There's two sides to every story though and in the latest update, Joystiq explains that Activision have filed a motion to amend their counter-suit, based on new evidence that adds a whole more fuel to the e-drama fire. Activision alleges that "Electronic Arts conspired with two former senior Activision executives, West and Zampella (the "executives") to derail Activision's Call of Duty franchise, disrupt its Infinity Ward development studio, and inflict serious harm on the company." The accusations are supported by supposed evidence that suggests West and Zampella planned to create a new studio, poach developer talent and retain confidential data and trade secrets long before their eventual termination at Infinity Ward.
They also allege that the pair actively sought to sabotage the Call of Duty brand during their final months, presenting email evidence that they deliberately released a trailer for Modern Warfare 2 with the intention of stealing attention away from a DLC launch for Treyarch's Call of Duty: World at War.
The complete legal document can be found over at Joystiq, and if nothing else, suggests that this situation is far from black and white. Ultimately the courts will decide who was really in the wrong, but as gamers, the best we can probably hope for is for is minimal damage to either side so we can continue to see some great titles from both parties.