Activision Responds to Call of Duty Lawsuit, Dismisses Claims as 'Meritless'

By Chris Faylor, Mar 04, 2010 11:34am PST Fresh off word that the recently departed co-founders of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 developer Infinity Ward had sued owner Activision over royalties and brand rights, the video gaming giant has issued an official statement on the matter:
Activision is disappointed that Mr. Zampella and Mr. West have chosen to file a lawsuit, and believes their claims are meritless. Over eight years, Activision shareholders provided these executives with the capital they needed to start Infinity Ward, as well as the financial support, resources and creative independence that helped them flourish and achieve enormous professional success and personal wealth.

In return, Activision legitimately expected them to honor their obligations to Activision, just like any other executives who hold positions of trust in the company. While the company showed enormous patience, it firmly believes that its decision was justified based on their course of conduct and actions. Activision remains committed to the Call of Duty franchise, which it owns, and will continue to produce exciting and innovative games for its millions of fans.

With Call of Duty: Modern Wafare 2 having now grossed well over one billion dollars, the stakes are high, especially considering Activision's reliance on the franchise.

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  • From what I've read, there are two things going on here:

    One, IW had the right, per their contract, to do something other than CoD as their next game, and they intended to. This freaked the fuck out of Activision because they want a sequel NOW to pump up the profits and there is no way they would be willing to let IW do something else. So they fired them on some trumped up pretenses and farmed the franchise out ASAP to get the max amount of money out of it.

    Two, both of the guys fired were up from some kind of bonus soon, so way pay them when you can fire them for something else? By mostly, it's number one. They niavely assumed Activision would honor the contract and let them do a new game. After seeing the sales numbers for MW, there is no way that was going to happen. So now the franchise will be whored out for max profit and screw the quality.

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