Infinity Ward legal battle dated for trial

Infinity Ward legal battle dated for trial
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

April 10th 2012 at 3:35PM

Studio founders Zampella and West taking Activision to court over alleged 'false promises'

The court date for the on-going saga between Activision and Infinity Ward co-founders over unpaid royalties has been set for May 29th.

As reported by Game Informer, the case brought to court by former studio execs Jason West and Vince Zampella was originally set to be begin on May 7th, but was pushed back at Activision’s request.

The former execs are claiming for promissory fraud, alleging that the publishing giant had no intention of keeping promises made to the developers after it persuaded them to stay on and develop Modern Warfare 2.

The duo claim Activision made “false promises” and then sacked them shortly after the title’s release to avoid paying out millions in royalties.

The publisher claimed however that it sacked the developers after it discovered they had been talking to rival EA about forming a new studio, Respawn Entertainment.

This prompted another lawsuit by Activision against EA in December 2010, suing them for $400 million in compensation for contract interference.