Sacked Infinity Ward bosses sue Activision

West and Zampella 'wrongly fired', they claim

Recently sacked Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella have sued Activision.

Earlier this week (as if you missed it) Activision security "stormed Infinity Ward's offices" and removed the pair, citing "insubordination".


According to a press release from law firm O'Melveny & Myers LLP, the two co-founders are now claiming that they were wrongly fired weeks before substantial royalty payments were due to be paid.

The suit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court and also claims that Activision granted West and Zampella contractual rights to control Modern Warfare-branded games.

According to our clever colleagues at Edge-Online, the suit includes claims for "breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, wrong termination in violation of public policy, and declaratory relief."

The pair's attorney, Robert Schwartz said: "Activision has refused to honour the terms of its agreements and is intentionally flouting the fundamental public policy of this State (California) that employers must pay their employees what they have rightfully earned.

"Instead of thanking, lauding, or just plain paying Jason and Vince for giving Activision the most successful entertainment product ever offered to the public, last month Activision hired lawyers to conduct a pretextual 'investigation' into unstated and unsubstantiated charges of 'insubordination' and 'breach of fiduciary duty,' which then became the grounds for their termination on Monday, March 1st."

West himself added: "We were shocked by Activision's decision to terminate our contract. We poured our heart and soul into that company, building not only a world class development studio, but assembling a team we've been proud to work with for nearly a decade. We think the work we've done speaks for itself."

And finally, Zampella said: "After all we have given to Activision, we shouldn't have to sue to get paid."

West and Zampella co-founded Infinity Ward in 2001, which went on to be acquired by Activision in November 2003.

UPDATE: Activision has responded stating that it's "disappointed" by the lawsuit.

[ SOURCE: Edge-Online ]