Infinity Ward founders planned defection to EA?

Activision searching for evidence of communication with other publishers

As the legal battle between Activision and former Infinity Ward bosses, Vince Zampella and Jason West, intensifies, the world's largest publisher has supposedly requested internal documents that could prove the former studio heads were planning to defect to Electronic Arts.

According to G4TV, which cites an internal Activision memo obtained by a "source close to the company", the accusations of in "insubordination" may be due to an attempt by Zampella and West to establish a new studio with any one of the publisher's competitors.

The memo says that Activision is looking for internal documents that mention any past, current or future projects, including Modern Warfare 3. More importantly the publisher is looking for "documents regarding any potential 'spin out' of IW," and "documents regarding West and Zampella's communications with Activision's competitors, including but not limited to Electronic Arts."

The importance of these documents to Activision's case may be why the studio was left under the supervision of the publisher's security shortly after the dismissal of Zampella and West.