Activision: Modern Warfare IP lawsuit 'meritless'

Activision: Modern Warfare IP lawsuit 'meritless'

By Ben Parfitt

March 4th 2010 at 9:11PM

Sacked duo West and Zampella seek $36m and control of the Modern Warfare rights

Publisher Activision as labelled the lawsuit filed against them by sacked former Infinity Ward bosses Jason West and Vince Zampella as ‘meritless’

Bloomberg reports that the pair are seeking a total of $36m in damages as well as control of the Modern Warfare ‘subset’ of the Call of Duty series – something that lawyers have already suggested could be a real possibility.

“Activision is disappointed that Mr. Zampella and Mr. West have chosen to file a lawsuit, and believes their claims are meritless,” a statement read.

“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 honour 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.”

The publisher also looked to reaffirm what it sees as its contractual control of the franchise.

“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.”