Trial Date Set for Infinity Ward/Activision Suit
A California judge has set a trial date of May 23 for a lawsuit between the heads of Infinity Ward and Activision, Kotaku reports.
The ruling follows an addendum being filed to another Infinity Ward/Activision suit, which that describes Activision’s actions surrounding the creation of sequels to Modern Warfare 2 as a “police state.” That one is being filed by more than 40 former Infinity Ward developers who have left the company since the firing of Infinity Ward founders Vince Zampella and Jason West.
A hearing scheduled for Aug. 5 will determine if the 40-plaintiff suit should be consolidated with Zampella’s and West’s.
Zampella and West allege Activision fired them without paying $36 million owed in royalties. Activision has sued in response, claiming that the pair were planning to jump ship and start Respawn Entertainment under EA and which has happened, with many of Infinity Ward’s employees cutting loose of Activision to join them.
Meanwhile, the 40-plaintiff suit claims Activision used all kinds of tactics in the run-up to firing Zampella and West to compel Infinity Ward to make another Modern Warfare game and including “secret interrogations” and withholding $54 million in bonus money that should have gotten dolled out after the completion of MW2.
According to the suit, Activision told Infinity Ward it would get the rest of the bonus money, about 40 percent of the original bonus total, after the developer published MW3 by November 2011. The lawsuit asks for $216 million and covers punitive damages and the bonuses. It originally asked for $500 million.
Modern Warfare 2, which is available on Xbox, Playstation 3 and PC, has sold 16 million copies and is touted as the bestselling Xbox 360 game ever.