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Activision, Infinity Ward Come To Terms

Aw, and we were looking forward to some courtroom nastiness. Darn.

But it was probably never going to happen, anyway. As various sources are reporting, including The Verge, the lawsuit between Activision and former Infinity Ward bosses Jason West and Vince Zampella has been settled out of court.

Of course, this means the case won't go to trial after both sides came to a behind-closed-doors meeting. Furthermore, Ben Fritz from the LA Times has confirmed that the case between the 40 former IW employees and the CoD publisher has also been settled. Terms of these deals remain "strictly confidential," although both Activision and EA have issued public statements. ...EA wasn't technically involved in this mess but they had to say something, right?

Activision

"Activision Blizzard, Inc. today announced that all parties to the litigation have reached a settlement of the dispute, the terms of which are strictly confidential. The company does not believe that the incremental one-time charges related to the settlement will result in a material impact on its GAAP or non-GAAP earnings per share outlook for the current quarter or the calendar year, due to stronger-than-expected operating performance in the current quarter."

EA

"Activision's refusal to pay their talent and attempt to blame EA were absurd. This settlement is a vindication of Vince and Jason, and the right of creative artists to collect the rewards due for their hard work."

Yeah, had to take the jab.

Tags: infinity ward, jason west, vince zampella, activision

5/31/2012 8:22:58 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (8 posts)

EddPm6
Thursday, May 31, 2012 @ 10:41:10 PM
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Good, i hope Activision had to pay out at least $500 million to settle.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, May 31, 2012 @ 11:17:03 PM
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This quote alone from Antivision is all that's needed to tell me that they paid dearly for their shenanigans.

Must've not wanted to chance any more incriminating memos &/or other evidence coming to light if they had gone to trial.

Damn shame, I wanted all the dirt to come out in the wash, but I am happy for West, Zampella, & all their ex-IW employees who are finally going to get the monies due them.

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BikerSaint
Friday, June 01, 2012 @ 12:10:03 AM

^^^The 2nd sentence from Antivision's quote***

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___________
Friday, June 01, 2012 @ 5:36:13 AM
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that sentence just goes to show why EA were voted americas worst company!
both so immature you would think they were run by a 6 year old, and greedy as hell!
oh please dont act like you would not try the same thing EA!
bull freaking sh*t you would not, dront try to act like your the angles!

aaaaaaaaaaaanyway im disappointed i was looking forward to see the sparks fly as the trial goes on!
thanks antivision you just spoiled the party!
:(

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Simcoe
Friday, June 01, 2012 @ 10:14:40 AM

Wow, "voted americas worst company", what publication conducted that survey?

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Friday, June 01, 2012 @ 11:56:23 AM

no idea do a quick google search for it there were heaps of articles about it.
only thing i remember was EAs response, basically saying their humbled that they got the title over the banks, and other usual corporations.
in other words a smart a$$ way to say yeah were totally worse than the banks!

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Simcoe
Saturday, June 02, 2012 @ 11:38:07 AM

Wow, I kind of thought that was just hyperbole on your part, but it's from "The Consumerist". After reading the article and many comments (most people couldn't believe that Bank of America lost), people just "voted" online at their website, so it's hard to state that as being a random sample. It seems that the timing of the competition had a lot to do with the timing of the Mass Effect 3 release and the subsequent fallout over that game. The only real reason The Consumerist seems to come with as to why EA won is due to nickle and diming consumers.

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Nynja
Friday, June 01, 2012 @ 10:42:56 AM
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Love how EA put a spin on their statement which basically tells the public who "won".

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