Orders in the Courts Part 2: Activision vs. Infinity Ward Suit Delayed
According to the L.A. Times, the lawsuit between Activision and ex-Infinity Ward honchos Jason West and Vince Zampella was set to begin yesterday, but has instead been delayed until the end of the week. Apparently a suitable jury pool hasn’t yet been assembled, with California Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle saying the problem stems from “logistical difficulties.”
The court case is planned to last only 22 business days, says the article, though both sides in the case want a full 30 because of the case’s “complexities.”
And complex it is: the short version is that West and Zampella are suing Activision, and Activision is suing West and Zampella, for over $1 billion in compensation and damages due to disagreements over the creation of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The disputes led to the two being fired by Activision, with claims of conspiracy, contract breach, unpaid royalties, and wrongful termination being thrown around. It’s a mess. A MESS, I TELL YOU.
Suffice it to say, when the trial begins on Friday and ends (hopefully) in July, perhaps a clearer picture of the conflict will emerge. Until then, there’s always Wikipedia.
Via L.A. Times