The ongoing battle between publishers Activision and EA has just reached new levels. California superior court judge Elihu Berle ruled that EA must answer for the contract interference complaints brought to attention by Activision, in regards to Vince Zampella and Jason West. The situation has escalated ever since rumors of EA secretly engaging the former Infinity Ward heads arose last year.
Activision claims EA actively pursued the pair while they were still under contract with the company, which later turned into one of the boots that kicked them out of their own party. Shortly after, Zampella and West formed Respawn Entertainment and signed a publishing deal with EA. The duo is suing Activision for $36 million (USD) in unpaid royalties due from sales of Modern Warfare 2. However, that’s an entirely different case which has nothing to do with the Activision vs. EA fight.
Judge Berle ruled yesterday that Activision had in fact provided more than enough for the case against EA to proceed, and the cross-complaint is now expected to go to trial come May later this year.