Court Date Set for West and Zampella vs. Activision

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 8:55 pm,

West and Zampella vs Activision Gets Court Date

Though it is still a ways off, former Infinity Ward members Jason West and Vincent Zampella have finally had a court date set for their high profile case against Activision. Stemming from West and Zampella’s belief they were cheated out of royalties owed from Modern Warfare 2 sales, this court case could potentially decide the fate of the very lucrative Call of Duty franchise.

The court date is set for May 7, 2012 (if the case goes that far), almost two years after the developers left Infinity Ward. Since then it’s been an uphill battle for West and Zampella with Activision filing a countersuit against them and Electronic Arts — whom they believe the two were cavorting with while still employed by Activision — but it should all come to head in the middle of next year.

While analyst Michael Pachter has said that West and Zampella have no chance of reacquiring the popular FPS series’ namesake, they are still going to do their best to try. More likely Activision and the two will come to some sort of settlement and this will all be a thing of the past.

Activision will move on to churning out more yearly Call of Duty titles (next up should be Black Ops developer Treyarch) and West and Zampella will continue work on their only briefly teased title with Respawn Entertainment.

There’s a lot riding on Respawn’s first effort, especially since it is being published by key Activision rival Electronic Arts, but gamers should have full faith that the individuals who revolutionized the FPS genre twice should be able to put out a stellar product.

And let us not forget that Infinity Ward is putting out their first Call of Duty title, Modern Warfare 3, sans West and Zampella. If, as predicted, the title breaks a slew of records it will just go to show the importance of a brand name over a developer.

What do you think will come of this high profile case between West, Zampella, and Activision? If the Call of Duty series were to change hands would it affect sales or the appeal of the franchise?

Source: Forbes

TAGS: Activision, Call of Duty, Call of Duty 2, Electronic Arts, Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2, Respawn Entertainment

  • BFTE

    i hope they take activison for every damn thing they have lol

  • XxpancakexX

    i say that the sales and marketing wont affect any thing. Just the fact that the crap of duty players don’t know a good game from a bad game. Say homefront 2 hour storyline like call of duty and bad multiplayer. So I stand forth saying there sales will ski rocket Due to little 14 year olds and there complaining for a new cod game that will need work since they are stuck in 2007. Like every one else i hate the game it can rot. i do support the two guys going against activion though, they need to be sued for every last penny

  • vradar

    Hope activision lose they have ruined cod

  • JT

    First thing is first Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is well on its way to breaking first day sales records just like its predecessors, but with out the core of the team that built the foundation that holds Activision up i see a record in first month trades/returns as well.

    Just my opinion.

  • Grave robber

    I see a bunch a trolls, who can’t understand that this game is still going to be good.

    one people going to buy it no matter what. Two it’s just like madden it’s the same crap over and over but with a couple of new things and people still buy over a million copys. Three if it’s like any other call of duty which I’m pretty sure it will be then it is guaranteed to have hours of fun and major replay value hands down.

    Even though most of you trolls hate having the same thing over and over again, if that game puts out quality ours of fun that is worth your 60$ why complain.

    As for the court case most likely both partys Activision and the old heads of Infinity Ward are just going to settle, just because the fact of dragging this out ruins Activisions reputatation and the old heads are just tired of this non sense and just want to be done with Activision.

  • scarpreston

    once they made world at war2 i was done with call of duty i ll stick to halo and battlefeild cod has lost me im not just a troll or a hater cod really is full of nothin but younger kids that have really high piched voices.

    • Mike

      Dude, punctuation is your friend.

  • Grave robber

    Yea sadly though since most of the gaming market at the moment is saturated with battlefield finatics just telling by the pre orders, you’re are going to see a hell of a lot more little kids going to battlefield.

  • Adam

    Its just a game!! Both Call Of Duty an Battlefield will be fun. Honestly why are you wanting Activision sued?! Its just a company trying to make money. Thats what businesses tend to do, find a way that works and exploit it. It will eventually stop workong, like what happened with guitar hero and those awesome tony hawk games, but then they’ll move on to another game to release frequently, and then we’ll be in the same boat discussing why we hate the game or love the game. Just wait and see.

  • Sean “BlackJoker”

    I think the sales would be effected just by a little. If its good or bad they will be effected. There are a lot of people who hate Activision and there are people who love them as well. For what ever reason. For the Core gamers out there who know whats going on in the gaming world it might effect sales. But lets get our foot out of asses If its activision or EA they both are trying to screw up in the ass here with money if its the EA BS or the activision BS. Its all the same BS! lol. I give respect for activision not going down to EA’s level on a few things like EA just talking smack about CoD like a child. Or the fact you don’t have to pay to play there games online…..So yeah. Im not going to hope that activision wins or loose’s but they can with West and Zampella a common ground to were they are both happy. Hate to see ether of them walk out of there with nothing.