Former Infinity Ward heads Vince Zampella and Jason West are bringing a lawsuit against Activision for breach of contract and other claims, after Activision terminated their employment on March 1. The press release announcing the suit claims that Activision was scheduled to pay “substantial royalty payments,” but fired them before the date of the payment.
On Tuesday it was reported that Zampella and West were removed from their building following the arrival of security guards at the company’s headquarters.
Robert Schwartz, West and Zampell have today issued a strongly-worded statement in response to those claims.
The statement claims that the pair’s work on the Call of Duty and Modern Warfare series has created “two of the most successful videogames in history.”
“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.”
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.”
Zampella added, “After all we have given to Activision, we shouldn’t have to sue to get paid.”
“Activision seized control of the Infinity Ward studio, to which Activision had previously granted creative control over all Modern Warfare-branded games. 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.”
Grab yourself a bag of popcorn and sit tight this isn’t over yet