Infinity Ward versus Activision trial gets new May date

Ex-studio heads West and Zampella to battle it out with the Call of Duty publisher

The trial between former Infinity Ward bosses Jason West and Vincent Zampella and Call of Duty publisher Activision will commence on May 29, 2012.

It was originally scheduled to kick off on May 7, but was pushed back by a little over three weeks at Activision's request, Game Informer reports.


Activision's dispute with West and Zampella stretches back to March 2010, when the ex-Infinity Ward pair sued the company for alleged unfair dismissal, claimimg their contracts were terminated weeks before substantial Modern Warfare 2 royalty payments were due to be made. They later added two counts of fraud to their complaint, although one of these was recently dismissed.

Activision counter-sued the developers, 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.

38 current and former Infinity Ward employees also sued Activision in 2010 over alleged unpaid bonuses and royalties for Modern Warfare 2, and their complaint has been consolidated with West and Zampella's case against Activision. Whatever the outcome, it looks set to be one royal rumble.

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