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This news probably isn't surprising to anyone who regularly follows the going-ons of either Activision or EA. But apparently the two are going to court over a $400 million dollar dispute involving EA breaching an employment contract that lead Infinity Ward's Jason West and Vince Zampella into insubordination against Activision.
As stated in the press release...
In the suit Activision alleges that West and Zampella breached their contracts and duty of loyalty to Activision by conduct that was insubordinate and otherwise improper and that West and Zampella's misconduct was caused, at least in part, by EA's unlawful tampering. A jury trial in the case is scheduled to begin on May 7, 2012.
I can't believe video games have been demoted to this kind of garbage. Anyway, EA tried to avoid going in front of a jury but the Judge, Elihu Berle, denied the motion. So the whole thing will get messy and drawn out over some stupid stuff that happened a few years ago that eventually turned into a battle over royalties.
All-in-all this has NOTHING whatsoever to do with video games, art, creativity or having fun. It's all about money, as is proof of the $400 million countersuit by Activision. Apparently the $1 billion from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 wasn't enough.
On the upside, Jason West and Vince Zampella have started up Respawn Entertainment and are currently hard at work on a brand new IP. For those who didn't know, the two are the leads responsible for revamping Call of Duty with the original Modern Warfare.