Cast your minds back a good couple of months and you’ll recall the ruckus that was caused when West and Zampella left Activision citing non-payment of money owed to them. Remember? Yeah, they’re the Call of Duty guys from Infinity Ward who walked out / were fired depending on how you look at it. Basically Activision accused them of insubordination and breaching contracts of “commitment to loyalty” and kicked them out. West and Zampella say that they were dismissed unfairly after wanting payment owed to them by the mega publisher. Basically, it got messy!
Then West and Zampella shacked up with Activision’s biggest rival: Electronic Arts. Things got even messier! Now Activision is accusing EA of interfering and making matters worse so they’ve taken the matter to court.
EA along with West and Zampella’s lawyers attempted to get the whole ordeal sorted out by a summary judgement. This means that they wanted the matter to be handled quickly by one judge. That request has been denied and as such the entire court case will go ahead with juries and the works. It’s going to be a long, drawn out process that’ll start on 7 May 2012. Activision is claiming $400 million for contract interference.