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Call Of Duty Creators Could Settle With Activision - Report

Tom Hopkins


Call of Duty creators Vince Zampella, Jason West and 40 ex-Infinity Ward developers reportedly 'locked In pretrial talks' regarding billion dollar litigation.

Published on May 31, 2012

Call of Duty creators and former Infinity Ward heads Vince Zampella and Jason West could be ready to settle with Activision amid reports of talks with the publisher which delayed the lawsuit's pretrial hearing.

The LAT writes that representatives for West and Zampella, 40 developers that make up the Infinity Ward employment group and Activision spent "approximately half an hour" talking, after which "five attorneys for Activision then spent nearly an hour speaking privately," later confirming that they were in touch with their bosses.

The case is in recess until later today, which the LAT speculates could be to allow more time for a potential settlement. The trial is due to start on Friday 1 June.

Collectively, the 42 developers are seeking $2 billion in damages, according to an Activision court filing - a significant portion of the $7 billion thought to have been generated by the Call of Duty franchise.

A huge number of former-Infinity Ward claimants joined Zampella and West at their new studio, Respawn, which is working on its first game for EA, rumoured to be a sci-fi FPS.

Activision settled with EA in May after claiming the rival publisher sought to lure Zampella and West away from Activision.

 

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