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Former heads of Infinity Ward sue Activision over unpaid royalties

March 4, 2010

The roller coaster ride between Activision and Infinity Ward’s founders continues.

After the announcement on March 2nd that Infinity Ward founders Jason West and Vince Zampella were let go amidst charges of  “insubordination” from Activision, the two have fired back with a law suit against the developer claiming the two are owed “substantial royalties.”

“We were shocked by Activision’s decision to terminate our contract,” said West. “We poured our heart and soul into that company, building not only a world class development studio, but assembling a team we’ve been proud to work with for nearly a decade. We think the work we’ve done speaks for itself.”

“After all we have given to Activision, we shouldn’t have to sue to get paid”, Zampella adds.

Robert Schwartz, West and Zampella’s attorney from the law firm O’Melveny & Myers, released a statement regarding his clients’ case.

“Activision has refused to honor the terms of its agreements and is intentionally flouting the fundamental public policy of this State (California) that employers must pay their employees what they have rightfully earned,” said Schwartz. “Instead of thanking, lauding, or just plain paying Jason and Vince for giving Activision the most successful entertainment product ever offered to the public, last month Activision hired lawyers to conduct a pretextual ‘investigation’ into unstated and unsubstantiated charges of ‘insubordination’ and ‘breach of fiduciary duty,’ which then became the grounds for their termination on Monday, March 1st.”

On top of royalties, the duo are also suing Activision over the contractual rights the company granted to West and Zampella to control Modern Warfare-branded games. It’s unknown if this means they will have control over future titles under the name, sans the Call of Duty franchise backing.

The Gamer Gazette will keep you posted as this story continues to develop.

[PR Newswire]

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