Infinity Ward founders sue Activision for royalties

By on March 5, 2010, 12:12 AM
After being terminated earlier this week, Infinity Ward founders Vince Zampella and Jason West have filed suit against the studio's parent company, Activision. The senior employees were allegedly dismissed for "breach of contract and insubordination."

Likewise, Zampella and West accuse Activision of breach of contract in their suit, among other things. The former studio heads claim that Activision was scheduled to shell out "substantial royalty payments," but instead fired the pair before the due date.

"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 2."

Along with compensation, the suit aims to return the rights of the Modern Warfare brand to Zampella and West.

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