Activision and Infinity Ward reach settlement, terms confidential

Thursday, 31st May 2012 21:30 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Activision and Infinity Ward have reached a settlement, Jason West and Vince Zampella’s attorney has said.

According to LA Times’ Ben Fritz: “All parties have reached a settlement in the dispute, the terms of which are strictly confidential.”

Speculation has been rife over the terms of the settlement, but Activision has made it clear it’s not telling – and that we’re unlikely to see any evidence in its financial reports.

“The company does not believe that the incremental one-time charges related to the settlement will result in a material impact on its GAAP or non-GAAP earnings per share outlook for the current quarter or the calendar year, due to stronger-than-expected operating performance in the current quarter,” it said in a statement.

Whatever the terms were, the industry as a whole seems pleased that the mess is behind them now – notably EA, which told Kotaku:

“Activision’s refusal to pay their talent and attempt to blame EA were absurd. This settlement is a vindication of Vince and Jason, and the right of creative artists to collect the rewards due for their hard work.”

Yesterday, it was reported the trial would be delayed to July 1 due to “logistical difficulties assembling a sufficient jury pool.”

The judge in the case also stipulated the trial must end on July 2, which would give attorneys on both sides of the case 22 business days to present their arguments. Both sides also had until today, May 31, to reach a settlement before the case was to be resumed.

Earlier this week it was revealed Activision paid out $493 million in bonuses for the Call of Duty franchise, which included the $42 million paid to IW prior to the trial.



  1. mad1723

    Oh damn. My favorite soap has been cancelled then :(

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Freek

    My geuse is that Activision was not looking forward to a month long public shaming/PR dissaster and decided to pay up.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Ali Hayas

    So they can now really start working on their new project with 0 excuses ? The most overrated devs ever.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Kabby

    By settlement they mean money. By confidential they mean lots of money.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Ali Hayas

    @1,2,4 do you think they are making this a secret to avoid having the same problem with TreyArch’s leads ? If I were in the Activision evil team, I would do whatever it takes to shatter Infinity Ward. I’ll just keep the engine staff working at SledgeHammer…

    #5 3 years ago
  6. xino

    confidential means IP related stuff.

    just like how it was confidential when Sony dropped the lawsuit on Geohot

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Ali Hayas

    @6 yeah I know what that means ;) but still, I’ll fin it extremely funny if Activision is so scared of having the same problem with Treyarch’s senior. Afterall, ain’t treyarch CoD’s team A these days ?

    #7 3 years ago
  8. DSB

    Called it. AGAIN!

    #8 3 years ago
  9. deadstoned

    Awww was hoping for better scandal and juicy details :P

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Edo

    @8 Yep…it was going to be either this or that…good call.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. DSB

    @10 Okay, so it looks stupid when you say it like that.

    But the underlying logic was that there is no way either side is going to trial, if there’s any chance of a settlement.

    By soon I meant literally days :(

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Hunam

    Eurogamer got a response from Acti basically saying the payout won’t affect their stock, so, Vince and Jason just bought an island.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. TheBlackHole

    Wow, Activision must have REALLY fucked up. It really was as dodgy as it sounded then?

    I wonder why it’s saying Acti vs IW, when the case was being brought specifically by/against West and Zampella, not IW?

    #13 3 years ago
  14. xino

    of course it wouldn’t affect them, Activistion are rich man!

    #14 3 years ago
  15. ejams

    Confidential… quick guys, to 4chan!

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Hunam

    I would have liked to see this go to court really. With everyone constantly settling out of court nothing will ever get tested. This could have been a landmark case protecting the industries compensation for the developers of the games, but now it’s just another foot note.

    #16 3 years ago

    Game over man, game over!

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Lacobus

    Damn it, really wanted to know the outcome of this. Seems like W+Z got their due though, which is good. Even if they are douchebags :b

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Ali Hayas

    Most of the fame they had for their games came from the results of Acti excessive marketing which I have never seen being done on any EA game with the exception of BF3. I would love to see EA’s managers faces when those two release a half assed game or simply claim the rights of everything they do. If they think that they can beat CoD’s sales, then good luck for them.

    Most overrated Devs ever.

    #19 3 years ago

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