Things seemed to be calming down a bit over at Activision after Infinity Ward founders Jason West and Vince Zampella left, but now thing have been kicked up even more.
Now the founders of Infinity Ward are suing Activision over unpayed royalties.
Their lawyer goes into more details. “Activision has refused to honor the terms of its agreements and is intentionally flouting the fundamental public policy of this State (California) that employers must pay their employees what they have rightfully earned. Instead of thanking, lauding, or just plain paying Jason and Vince for giving Activision the most successful entertainment product ever offered to the public, last month Activision hired lawyers to conduct a pretextual ‘investigation’ into unstated and unsubstantiated charges of ‘insubordination’ and ‘breach of fiduciary duty,’ which then became the grounds for their termination on Monday, March 1st.”
The pair said they were “shocked by Activision’s decision to terminate our contract.” Zampella added that “we shouldn’t have to sue to get paid.”
West and Zampella are not only going for their money, but for the Modern Warfare franchise itself. They are asking to get the contractual rights to the Modern Warfare brand. Which would probably not make Activision very happy.