Report: Infinity Ward Founders Settle With Activision

The founders of Infinity Ward and Activision have reached an out-of-court settlement over bonus payments for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

According to tweets from LA Times reporter Ben Fritz, the case has been dismissed and all claims between Jason West and Adam Zampella, the founders of Infinity Ward who were suing (and sued by) Activision, have been dropped. Reportedly, the terms of the settlement are being kept “strictly confidential.”

The claims against Activision made by 40 other Infinity Ward developers have also been dropped.

As Fritz reports, we don’t know the terms of the settlement or the amount of money that has changed hands between the two parties, although presumably Activision paid the developers, as the original lawsuit was over bonuses promised for the development of Modern Warfare 2 (as well as awful working conditions during the process). If the settlement was large enough, Activision would have to disclose the amount, although it could be structured in such a way as to get around the disclosure requirement.

If I had to guess — and I’m about to — I’d say that we’ll never know the terms of the settlement, and we’ll probably never find out how much West, Zampella and the rest of the developers got from Activision. Court documents released to the public recently have been painting a picture of Activision that’s not flattering — testimony from a former information technology director even alleged that Activision higher-ups had asked him to break into email and cell phones of the Infinity Ward devs in order to “dig up dirt” on them. Activision was starting to look very, very bad in this case.

It doesn’t seem coincidental that a settlement has come less than a week later to keep the whole situation out of court. To me, it looks like a face-saving maneuver. Confidentiality keeps Activision from having to admit, or even be subjected to the perception of, any culpability. So I doubt any more information will be forthcoming.

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15 Comments on Report: Infinity Ward Founders Settle With Activision

Shane Ali

On September 3, 2012 at 6:02 pm

hello infinity ward,i was mistakenly banned from mw3 for 6 days,i did not boost or glitch or anything like that,i was always a legit player since mw1,i love the cod series since i was a kid,i have a total playtime off 57 days on mw3,i’m ranked #65 on the leaderboards for kills.i have no reason to boost or hack,i played the game legitimately,i play domination alot,i think people was reporting me for my rank in the world,i love mw3,i played it for 57days and i am scared i’m about to lose everything i worked for,mw3 was a part of my life,that’s the only game i played since november,whoever gets this message please give me a chance to play it again,if i lose everything,i dont think i could game anymore because i spent so much time on a game for nothing,please let me keep my stats and leaderboards after the band,i worked really hard to be #65 out of millions of people,i play on the ps3,my psn is mr_gutsy23 thank you for reading this long message.


On September 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm

hello i have found a cheater on mw3 ps3 and report him and ban him 4 life my id is tws101255 i have it on my vault look at my 6 vault and the cheater name is RapidxxSnipz ban him please


On September 28, 2012 at 4:38 pm

my name is tws101255 on mw3 ps3 i have a video on my vault of cheaters if there was someway i could put the video on yells twitter page i would yes heres all there name lawn_ninja88. blitzNYC. perryam. edwardsboys4. I_AM_GRITZ-HD. i_AM_BACON-HD they are cheater look on my vault terminal


On October 5, 2012 at 7:31 am

Hello InfinityWard and Activision. I found out a modded called “BRAD365″.And i think he is part of a hacked lobby in Modern Warfare 3 . I am not 100% sure of that. But i know that he uses a modded controlled what makes a single-fire MK14 fire like an assault rifle and that’s unfair. So please InfinityWard and Activision, can you PLEASE ban BRAD365 in Modern Warfare 3 or suspend he’s Playstation Network account ?


On October 23, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Hello , iv been reset for no reason at all … i was playing a normall game of infected with my good friends and it backed me out saying u have been banned for 4999days , iv been reset once for boosting and never done it since then i got reset , i dont know why!:( .. please could u sort this out


On October 23, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Hello , iv been banned of mw3 for 4999days for no reason and could you please look up on this and sort it out , thank you .. i didnt do nothing but play with my friends normally:(

star orion 2blk

On October 25, 2012 at 3:57 pm

all be aware the xbox gamertag SUPERMAN GUN 1 ,rank7 on mw3 free for all leader board is cheating by allowing multiple people play this account. all SUPERMAN GUN 1,s moabs are boosted shown on youtube. please ban this massive cheater who has had multiple accounts band already for the same reason .all my information is true as i was formally a gun 1 and left because of the cheating & scamming by this SUPERMAN GUN 1.


On October 27, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Hello Infinity Ward, my PSN is Tripz_klutch and I have recently been banned and reset for boosting. I love mw3 and I can’t afford other games so I can’t give up. I am very upset I have be reset and wish for my 10th prestige level 80 back. My friends might have done something wrong on your servers but when I’m on. I report boosters. Give me a chance infinity ward. That account is everything to me.

Triston Smith

On November 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Hello infinity ward, I was recently was Playing MW3. I have a Ps3 and i eas playing Erosion on 3v3 Facoff. There was gamer by the name of TOXiiC_ ZOMBIE36.This player was hacking on Hardcore TDM. He had someway gotten across the water onto the two islands, Somehow he got underneath the island and was killing us as we spawned and he had gotten a Moab. He wasnt not visible to me and my Teamates so I reported him. Me and fellow gaming friends would really appreciate if u would get rid of this hacker. Thank you for time


On November 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Hi Infinity Ward im sorry i boosted and im banned for 2 days please give me a chance id i do it again you could do anthing to my profile u could ban me permanenantly im very sorry infinity ward if you dont trust me u may watch me every game i play my gamer tag is Blue4Sniped4 im very sorry for boosting i wont do it again infinity ward pls dont reset my account i am very upset of my self if u gave me a chance thank you.

alex fitzgerald

On November 21, 2012 at 2:27 am

hey i go banned on mw3 pc not to long ago i dont know why im not a boster i just got the game from EB games and it was the first time i got mw3 and i installed it and i tryed to play it and i couldent connect to servers so i waited about 1 week and it still said that so i look at my steam and it said i was band…… my steam name is fitzyfitzgerald…. thank you

Gabriel ramirez

On February 5, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Hello infinityward i have been banned for boosting and my stats are ganna be reset my Psn is CHAPA_405 on ps3 i come ask yall for a second chance i know what i did was wrong and promise not to boost ever again so i ask of yall to not reset my stats i have been a call of duty fan for a long time and i am really sorry for boosting and ill never do it again i promise now to be a legit gamer and earn every thing legity so please i ask of yall to give me back my prestige 20 level 80 i worked so hard to get to that level so please and im sorry again infinityward thank you

Roxy Polvino

On April 10, 2013 at 2:13 pm

hello im playing with this guy that is my friends ally that is cyber bullying me and him on the WII and he is using bad language trying to get a hacker that is going to bann us both and and is talking trash about my family so if someone gets this message plz bann him for life his gamertag is xPGxIAMWILD. thank you if you can bann him. thx :)

Roxy Polvino

On May 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm

hey there is this guy who is trying to hack my friend on mw3 and for the wii and i was wondering if you could plz bann him so he could learn his lesson. if you can do that me and my friend would be greatful :)


On February 11, 2014 at 3:23 pm

I am tired of all the hacks and mods on call of duty! As a playing customer i should be able to get online and play a fair game…… But i cant! Why even try with cod! Im giving up……. Said there was going to be no quickscoping in ghosts….. Thats all you see them doing! Not just that! When you google cod ghosts hacks….. There is over 15 sites to get mods/hacks and thousands of people using them! Whats the competative nature of cod when its the best hacks win?! Finding very few lobbies i can get into with honest players….. The way i see it is….. When you make a cod might as well sign it over to the first hacker that gets there hands on it! They are destroying cod not just for me but the many honest players out there! As it stands i will not waste anothe dollar on a cod title. Came out with a cool season pass why get it? To play on a hacked game? Well i hope you consider what i have said. I use to like cod till the hackers took over. Thanks for your time.