EA and Activision Reach Undisclosed Settlement Over Infinity Ward

Gaming titans Electronic Arts and Activision have been embroiled in a legal battle regarding Infinity Ward and the studio’s former employees.  This began when several prominent employees at Infinity Ward — the developers of Activision’s Call of Duty Modern Warfare series — left the company to form a new development studio which partnered with Electronic Arts.

Today, the two companies resolved their dispute.

The details haven’t been revealed, but EA is no longer being named as a defendant in Activision’s suit against Jason West and Vince Zampella — the former co-founders of Infinity Ward. This development comes right on the heels of Activision paying $42 million to the Infinity Ward Employees Group, which is also a separate payout that does not affect Activision’s pending suit against the duo (West and Zampella).

West and Zampella, along with the rest of the IWEG, are seeking royalties for their work on Modern Warfare 2, while Activision is seeking damages for breach of contract.

The case will begin later this month on May 29th, assuming there are no further settlements in the next two weeks.  The cases serve to highlight the often dysfunctional relationship between game developers and game publishers, and have been eagerly followed by both gamers and the industry.

Segment Next will follow new developments as they arise.

Source: LA Times