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Activision Blizzard speaks out against ex Infinity Ward heads – was a defection to EA on the cards?

Submitted by on Friday, 5 March 2010One Comment

The Activison Blizzard Vs Infinity Ward saga continues, with Activison Blizzard releasing a statement saying how disappointed they are with Vince Zampella and Jason West.

Was a planned defection to EA the reason for this week’s drama?

Earlier in the week it was revealed that Zampella and West will be suing Activision Blizzard for non payment of royalties – to the tune of $36 million.  They are also seeking control of the Modern Warfare franchise.

Activision Blizzard has responded with the following statement;

“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.”

A very polite verbal slap in the face, but it turns out they may have a good reason to be annoyed.

According to G4TV, Activision Blizzard believes that Zampella and West were in the process of setting up a spin off company who would be dealing with one of their main competitors.

Apparently they are looking for internal documents that mention any past, current or future projects, including Modern Warfare 3.  They are also looking for all communication with companies including, but not limited to, Electronic Arts.

That certainly would explain why security turned up and took control of Infinity Ward’s offices.

This is turning in to quite the drama – we are off to refresh our bowl of popcorn before round three kicks off.