ACTIVISION Sues EA (Again!)

Here we go again, kids.

As initially reported by IGN, Activision has indeed filed a proposed first amended cross-complaint stating that "Electronic Arts (EA) conspired with former Infinity Ward executives Jason West and Vince Zampella to "derail Activision's Call of Duty franchise, disrupt its Infinity Ward development studio and inflict serious harm on the company."

WAAAAAY back in April, Activision countersued West and Zampella for breach of contract, claiming the two executives met with an unidentified member from their BIGGEST RIVAL and after gathering a ridiculous amount of evidence, the new complaint states that it was indeed EA and that they "intentionally interfered with contracts, engaged in unfair competition and aided and abetted breaches of fiduciary duty by the executives."

So what does this mean? It means EA's about to have some "baby mama drama"

The complaint lists Electronic Arts COO John Schappert, for "covertly calling Jason West, urging that West and Zampella meet with EA CEO John Riccitiello, despite knowing that both developers were under contract with Activision for two more years" but were encouraged to continue talking to Riccitiello NOT using their company email addresses.

The complaint goes on with "Activision is informed and believes that the negotiations between Electronic Arts and West and Zampella were structured with the design and the expectation that West and Zampella would 'spin out' from Activision and would take significant numbers of key Infinity Ward employees with them to set up their own independent company so that Electronic Arts could make another run at competing with Activision."

Activision even goes as far to say that the two developers were "small-minded executives almost obsessed by jealousy of other developers and the thought that another Activision game or studio might share their spotlight", that West and Zampella were "motivated by envy and personal greed" and flat out accused them of "intentionally releasing game trailers for Modern Warfare 2 the same day Treyarch posted Call of Duty: World at War DLC promo vids".

So basically, this happened:
Andy capp


How far does it go? IGN attained a transcript of SMS texts between West and an Identity Ward employee we'll call "Employee X"

Employee X: "Treyarch released their mp dlc video."

Jason West: "Super nice? We release our video? Crush and destroy with our video."

Employee X: "We already did. And . . . we already did."

Jason West: "Nice."

So DID West's own words reveal a plot to bend his fellow Treyarch devs over without the courtesy of a reacharound? Seems to be the consensus as far as Activision is concerned.

Along with accusations of West and Zampnella attempting to block fellow IW employees from bonuses and financial incentives in order to create disharmony and easier to convince said colleagues to violate their own contracts by following West and Zampnella out the door when they were ready to go, Activision says that the two ALSO refused to sign standard exit documents that they had returned all Activision property, including computer code.

Activision is seeking $400 million in actual and punitive damages from EA and West and Zampella. The court will make a final decision in January as to whether or not EA will be folded into the lawsuit while the hearing for West, Zampnella and Infinity Ward v Activision is set for May 23, 2011.

I almost wanna go...I'm hoping it'll look something like this:

Fight!
FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!

***UPDATE: EA responded to Activision's countersuit in a statement to the L.A. Times yesterday:

"This is a PR play filled with pettiness and deliberate misdirection. Activision wants to hide the fact that they have no credible response to the claim of two artists who were fired and now just want to get paid for their work."

So basically, this happened (again):

Andy capp

 

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