Activision Settles with West, Zampella, and Former Infinity Ward Developers

May 31, 2012 -

Update: Polygon is reporting that, after a few days of closed door negotiations, Activision has settled its lawsuit with former Infinity Ward creative leads Jason West and Vincent Zampella, and 40 former Infinity Ward developers. Attorneys involved in the case told Polygon that the case won't be going to trial. A jury trial was scheduled for tomorrow. An attorney representing Jason West and Vince Zampella would not tell Polygon any details, saying that terms of the settlement are strictly confidential. Judging by reports that Jason West and Vincent Zampella could be seen smiling visibly in the court, we imagine that the settlement must have been satisfying to the former creators of Call of Duty.

Original Story: Are Activision and the former heads of Infinity Ward in settlement talks? According to the LA Times the trial that was set to begin in late May has been delayed again because lawyers for all the parties involved spent most of the day Wednesday in meetings. These lengthy closed door meetings included lawyers for Activision Blizzard, 40 former Infinity Ward developers, and former Call of Duty creative leads Jason West and Vincent Zampella.

The prevailing analysis on these meetings is that they could lead to an amicable out-of-court settlement between all of the parties involved. Earlier this month Activision announced that it had settled its dispute with Electronic Arts. The company also sent some money to the 40 former Infinity Ward developers earlier this month.

While court precedings in the case were supposed to begin at 9:00 am on Wednesday, the private negotiations between all the parties involved continued well into the morning. By 11:45 am the judge decided that the court would be in recess until Thursday at 1:30 pm which observers believe would give everyone ample time to iron out a settlement before the trial starts on Friday.

You can read the blow-by-blow of those meeting at the LA Times.

Source: LA Times


Re: Activision Settles with West, Zampella, and Former ...

Yay for West and Zampella. They were always in the right from the begining. Glad everyone finally got paid what they were promised. Kotick is lucky all this was not publicized or he would likely be out of a job.

Re: Activision Settles with West, Zampella, and Former ...

I don't even remember what the suit was about in the first place.

--- With the first link, the chain is forged.

Re: Activision Settles with West, Zampella, and Former ...

Something about Activision witholding bonuses, and West and Zampella conspiring to jump ship to a different company, or something.

Re: Activision Settles with West, Zampella, and Former ...

Boooooring!  Come on, air more of your dirty laundry in public!  Give us a show!  >:}

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