Activision-Infinity Ward legal battle delayed for E3 showdown

As if the week couldn't get any bigger...

The legal battle between Activision and former Infinity Ward bosses Jason West and Vince Zampella has been delayed slightly.


Polygon reports that Judge Elihu Berle has pushed back the trial from its original court date of May 29 to an expected date of June 1, slap bang before the entire industry flies out to E3.

Even worse for Activision lawyers who want to go and see the new Tomb Raider demo, the trial is estimated to run for 20 days - though Judge Berle noted "It shouldn't take 20 days to try this case. It's not that complicated."

Activision's legal dispute with West and Zampella stretches back to March 2010 when the pair sued the company for unfair dismissal, claiming their contracts were terminated weeks before substantial Modern Warfare 2 royalty payments were due to be made.

Activision counter-sued West and Zampella, 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, but the publishers settled out of court earlier this week.