Activision May Have Paid Millions To West And Zampella
Perhaps the most disappointing thing about the delicious legal fight between Electronic Arts and Activision over former Infinity Ward honchos is that it was settled privately, without even a perfunctory day in actual court. Way to deny the public a glorious, embittered soap opera, guys.
While uggets of information have slipped out anyway, like the publication by the LA Times of numerous documents related to the case, since the lawsuit was abruptly resolved, all parties have kept extremely mum. That hasn’t stopped outside observers from commenting, however. Enter good ol’ Cowen & Company, the go to industry analysis firm for whenever you need someone to wildly speculate about some facet of the gaming business.
Company analyst Doug Creutz, who is probably right about The Old Republic but probably wrong about Grand Theft Auto’s eventual release date, has weighed in on the Activision/EA battle, and if his estimates are correct, Activision paid out hell of money. The settlement, he says, could be worth tens of millions.
Cruetz’ comments come ahead of today’s EA investor call, which is expected to reveal troubled times for the conglomerate. The Old Republic has experienced diminished membership, Mass Effect 3 was met with controversy rather than triumph, and Medal of Honor: Warfighter isn’t looking as hot as it once did. We’ll be tuning in to the call, and will be bringing the news to you as it happens.