Activision Settles With EA Amid Zampella And West Hack Claims

Tom Hopkins

Activision and EA have settled their differences over litigation related to the latter's deal with former Call of Duty developers.

Published on May 17, 2012

Activision has settled a lawsuit against publishing rival Electronic Arts after accusing former Infinity Ward heads Vince Zampella and Jason West of breaking their contracts to work with EA. The pair later founded Respawn Entertainment and singed a deal with EA.

Activision had sought $400 million in damages after suggesting EA met West and Zampella while under contract.

"Activision and EA have agreed to put this matter behind them," they confirmed in a statement which declined to discuss the terms of the settlement.

Earlier this week Activision paid a group of 40 former Infinity Ward employees $42 million, which was on top of an earlier payment of $22m - the sum does not constitute a settlement.

Zampella and West and Activision are still set to meet in court on 29 May - the pair is claiming unfair dismissal and $36 million in royalty payments and damages.

Meanwhile, documents sent to Giant Bomb by Zampella and West's attornies reveal that the pair also alleges Activision planned to access their email with the ultimate aim of 'digging dirt' in an attempt to 'get rid of them'.



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