Activision “disappointed” in former Infinity Ward heads, calls lawsuit “meritless”

Sacked Infinity Ward bosses Vince Zampella and Jason West’s lawsuit has received a response from Activision; the publishing giant has issued an official statement where it expresses its disappointment in the duo, calls their recent legal efforts “meritless,” and reiterates its continued commitment to the Call of Duty franchise.

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

Internally, the company seems to have gone on the hunt for a number of documents, including any that might show that West and Zampella were in talks with competitors “including but not limited” to EA. A legal memo forwarded to G4 reveals that the company is searching for:

  • “Documents regarding past, current or future IW projects, including but not limited to any and all businesses analyses of future projects (e.g. Modern Warfare 3)”
  • “Documents regarding any potential ‘spin out’ of IW, including but not limited to any communications with IW employees, West or Zampella regarding forming a new studio independent of Activision”
  • “Documents regarding West and Zampella’s communications with Activision’s competitors, including but not limited to Electronic Arts”.
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