196w ago - Infinity Ward studio heads Jason West and Vince Zampella who were fired by Activision earlier this week are now suing the publisher for wrongful dismissal, unpaid royalties and the right to control "Modern Warfare-branded games."
They've issued a strongly-worded statement via their lawyers responding to Activision's claims of "insubordination" as follows:
The statement claims that, in Call of Duty and Modern Warfare, West and Zampella created "two of the most successful videogames in history" and, get this, "the most successful entertainment product ever offered to the public."
"Activision terminated their employment weeks before they were to be paid substantial royalty payments as part of their existing contracts for Modern Warfare 2" the statement reads.
"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" said their attorney, Robert Schwartz.
Jason West said, "We were shocked by Activision's decision to terminate our contract. 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 said.
"Activision seized control of the Infinity Ward studio, to which Activision had previously granted creative control over all Modern Warfare-branded games" the statement concludes.
"The suit was filed to vindicate the rights of West and Zampella to be paid the compensation they have earned, as well as the contractual rights Activision granted to West and Zampella to control Modern Warfare-branded games."
In legalese, that translates to a suit claiming for "breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, wrong termination in violation of public policy, and declaratory relief."
That power struggle is now headed for the courts, and this one's going to be ugly!
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Well if they made a game that wasn't broken from the beginning they wouldn't be where they are now. Sure the game may be "successful videogame in history," but the game is soo messed you cant save it. If it wasnt for Activision they wouldnt of had a job and wouldnt of released the game. I think they made enough money on the midnight launch of the game alone to pay for the work they've done.
Treyarch screwed the COD series up for them, then MW2 came out and "redeemed" Infinity Ward's work on the COD series, then the online became so messed you cant even play one game without people who are glitching, this is why I sold it. Their game got ruined by this. (plus MAG blows this game to crap).
I hope Activision gets to keep the COD series, take it to a new company who can use an engine that will make it better. The IW 4.0 engine is worse than the first modern warfare engine, in fact its so close to being the same you cant tell the difference. How can Activision be in breach of the contract, when they hired IW, they can terminate them any time they want, better sooner than later. When they decide to make another COD title which fails.
Let Activision take it to a new level, with a new developer, with a better engine. Screw off IW.