Call of Duty trial settlement reached

All claims dismissed as lawyers reach an undisclosed agreement

The legal fight between Activision and former Infinity Ward bosses Jason West and Vince Zampella has ended.


A settlement has been reached, putting an end to over two years of fierce litigation between the publisher, the former Modern Warfare co-creators and the 40 former Infinity Ward employees that joined them in the dispute.

West and Zampella's attorney confirmed the settlement, the terms of which went undisclosed, in court today.

"All parties have reached a settlement in the dispute, the terms of which are strictly confidential," is the official response, according to the Twitter feed of LA Times' Ben Fritz.

Yesterday's hearing in the $1billion Call of Duty trial was delayed as settlement talks got underway, having already been pushed back from Tuesday for similar reasons.

Activision's legal dispute with West and Zampella stretches back to March 2010 when the pair sued the company for unfair dismissal, claiming their contracts were terminated weeks before substantial Modern Warfare 2 royalty payments were due to be made.

Activision counter-sued West and Zampella, arguing that they had been secretly negotiating a deal with EA, and added the Battlefield publisher to its complaint in late 2010. A California Superior Court subsequently ruled that EA must defend itself in a $400 million contract-interference suit, but the publishers settled out of court earlier this week.