Here’s another pre-holiday legal drama; Activision has included EA in its lawsuit against fired Infinity Ward bosses Jason West and Vince Zampella. It has for the first time also attached a figure to the lawsuit: the company’s after $400 million.
The publishing giant alleges that EA attempted to lure the Call of Duty men away by initiating talks with them last July. Talent agency Creative Artists Agency is said to have been used as an intermediary, with EA CEO John Riccitiello believed to have hosted the men at his home for a hush-hush meeting, where they were flown to in the comforts of a private jet.
As West and Zampella had two years left in their contract with Activision, EA is accused of intentionally interfering with contracts, engaging in unfair competition and aiding and abetting breaches of fiduciary duty by the executives.
Bollocks, says EA’s Jeff Brown, director of corporate communications, who has labeled the move “a PR play filled with pettiness and deliberate misdirection.”
He wrote in an email to the LA Times: “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.”
Catch up with earlier developments of the case here, here, here and here.