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Remember that whole kerfuffle between Activision and former Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella? Yeah, well, it never ended. Also, it's done being a “kerfuffle.” When this much money and bad blood is on the table, we're legally required to call it by a name that packs a much larger punch. Yep, this one's been upgraded to a good old-fashioned gorilla manly man biceps cagefight squabble.

Not only has Activision finally put a price on its lawsuit, it's also taken aim at another alleged conspirator: fellow corporate King Kong Electronic Arts.

"Electronic Arts conspired with two former senior Activision executives, West and Zampella (the 'executives') to derail Activision's Call of Duty franchise, disrupt its Infinity Ward development studio, and inflict serious harm on the company," read Activision's motion to amend its countersuit.

The rabbit hole, however, runs even deeper if Activision's to be believed. Apparently, West and Zampella attended a private meeting in EA CEO John Ricitiello's house in order to devise a plan to wriggle out of their legally binding contracts – which still had two years left on them before expiration.

The publisher is also accusing its former Call of Duty dream team of purposefully stepping on fellow COD dev Treyarch's toes and continuing to “possess Activision confidential information long after they left which makes it likely that West and/or Zampella have misused and/or will continue to misuse valuable Activision intellectual property and trade secrets, including computer code, now that they have left Activision."

And finally, the big, ugly, slobber-knocking kicker: In addition to demanding $400 million, Activision wants the court to “prevent Electronic Arts and the former executives from benefiting from their illegal conduct." In other words, the publisher's spawn-camping Respawn Studios.

Joystiq has kindly posted the entire court document if you'd like to practically taste random flecks of dirt from all the mudslinging. Needless to say, it's a doozy.

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> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/activision_sues_ea_former_infinity_ward_bosses_400_million

Looks like Activision is angry again lol.

I also found this quote in another article but i cannot find it anymore..
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They were small-minded executives almost obsessed by jealousy of other developers and the thought that another Activision game or studio might share their spotlight.

- Activision, in court document

Edited by 78@pwnt4lif3 - 12/22/10 at 12:38am
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Wow... Activision down on money? Or do they just want some extra to fund the next CoD game and not want to use their own.
    
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They're getting very greedy indeed.
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Infinity Ward is in the right.

Activision is in the wrong.

I hope they see this to the end and I hope IW wins.
    
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They're getting very greedy indeed.

I really hope they lose. While i think EA are not the best either, at least they seem to support their games (BFBC2) and even Battlefield Play4Free, which is obviously aimed at BF2 players i think so it kinda shows support for such an old game, or at least the community. Where EA could be charging £10 for that game, Activision charge £10+ for 3 maps and 2 copied from the previous games.. and they don't go about doing a good job. Worse still is that their support of the game is abysmal. After about 2 months they stop patching and updating their games completely even though there is lots of imbalance and problems with the game(s) still. Their pricing also really sucks. MW2 still sells for £40 and CoD4 for £20+ which is just stupid. They also wanna restrict Respawn Studios, aww why, you scared Activision?..
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Looks like they just want to turn it around this time and make themselves look good.
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this is why i never supported activision

made as many people as possible not buy black ops or Mw2

greed ruins everything good frown.gif
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I wish Activision a long slow and pain full death.
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I wish Activision a long slow and pain full death.

I wish for a quick one so they can stop ruining the game industry.
    
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its not only activison doing that. Ubi did the same with the tom clancy series.
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