Activision Blizzard Inc and Electronic Arts Inc have settled a lawsuit in which Activision accused two former executives who were responsible for the multi-million Call of Duty franchise for breaking their contract agreements to develop games for EA.
“Activision and EA have agreed to put this matter behind them,” the companies said on Wednesday in a joint statement. Neither company disclosed details of the settlement.
The two former Activision executives, were none other than Jason West and Vincent Zampella – the guys behind the original “Call of Duty” aka the original Infinity Ward team.
When they left Activision back in 2010, West and Zampella formed Respawn Entertainment and signed a publishing deal with EA leaving Activision Blizzard a sour taste in their mouth and a suit following after.
Activision said EA encouraged the former Infinity Ward execs to meet with them while still being under contract with Activision. After the meeting, West and Zampella began picking apart talent from the Infinity Ward team.
When West and Zampella was fired, they sued Activision and sought $36 million in royalty payments and damages. Activision then counter-sued, seeking $400 million in actual and punitive damages from EA and the former executives.
Although Activision Blizzard made an agreement with Electronic Arts, West and Zampella have not reached a settlement with Activision. Their trial is scheduled for May 29 in a Los Angeles state court.