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$400 million EA-Activision lawsuit settled out of court

Wednesday, 16th May 2012 23:23 GMT By Johnny Cullen

EA and Activision have settled out of court over the former’s apparent involvement of insubordination of ex-Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella.

A joint statement from EA and Activision has also been issued.

“Activision and EA have agreed to put this matter behind them,” it said in a brief line.

However, West/Zampella and Activision are still going to trial over its dismissal from the Modern Warfare developer on May 29.

Giant Bomb posted details earlier tonight of a filing for something called “Operation Icebreaker,” where Activision attempted to “dig up dirt” on the two IW heads by hacking their emails and voicemail.

The endgame of Icebreaker, according to documents, was for Activision to fire West and Zampella.

West and Zampella were fired from Infinity Ward in March 2010 after Activision claimed the pair were insubordinate. The duo went on to found Respawn Entertainment soon after. Its first game from the studio will be published by EA Partners.

Respawn said earlier today it wouldn’t be showing its debut game at E3 next month.

At the end of 2010, it was announced Activision was seeking $400 million in damages from EA, West and Zampella.

Acti said at the time EA had “intentionally interfered” with West and Zampella’s IW deals, adding EA “engaged in unfair competition and aided and abetted breaches of fiduciary duty by the executives.”

It had been previously rumoured that both West and Zampella were headhunted by EA whilst under contract at Activision and Infinity Ward.

The settlement comes after Activision hired a new lawyer, Beth Wilkinson, to represent them in the EA-Acti trial. Wilkinson had asked for a 30 day delay of the trial, which was due to begin on May 29, to catch up with events surrounding it.

According to LA Times’ Ben Fritz on Twitter earlier this evening and a report on Bloomberg, the request was denied after it was heard by California Superior Court judge Elihu Berle.

Activision announced this week it had come to a settlement of $42 million with ex-Infinity Ward staff over unpaid royalties earned during the development of Modern Warfare 2, but said at the time it would continue its action against West and Zampella.

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  1. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Wusses

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Anders

    Excitement over. Probably best for all involved though.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Ireland Michael

    Well that was anti-climatic. Hahahaha.

    I wonder whose trying to save face here.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Johnny Cullen

    It seems the settlement is over EA’s involvement with the whole thing, not the entire banana: West and Zampella are still going to court against Activision.

    Editing the story now.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Yoshi

    So who paid who? Did Acti give 400mill or did EA?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Johnny Cullen

    @5 Activision wanted $400 million from EA in damages over its involvement with West and Zampella, as i mentioned above.

    Don’t know what the settlement is yet, though.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. AHA-Lambda

    Do we know who settled to who exactly?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Johnny Cullen

    Not yet, no.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. shogoz

    not surprised at all if activision is based in america. my friend who was a doctor went to america and he was so fucking good that someone within the profession tried to have him killed. it ended up with him having to hire a bodyguard. america is a place full of immature babies where people feel the need to shit over anyone else who may become more successfull than them. an apple spokesperson bad mouthed a competing manufacturer and said they were bad but it was only because they were making a lot of money and were taking away some of their competition. i think the law is too lenient there, funnily enough they think places like england and australia are full of idiots because they have censorship laws. let me tell you, where im from we dont need to walk through metal detectors in school because over here we dont go out fucking shooting eachother. no offense intended.

    what a surprise, their headquarters are in……Santa Monica, California, United States. wow, im so smart i know things before i look them up becauseim fucking awesome like that

    #9 2 years ago