Ex-Infinity Ward Heads Attempt to Obtain Rights to Modern Warfare
Posted on Monday, April 4 @ 15:07:50 PST by Daniel Bischoff
In the beginning they were all buddy-buddy. I'm sure the two enjoyed some steaks, lobsters, and a nice baby-carcass for Kotick. Maybe some wine for Jason and Vince and blood of the first born for the
While countersuits, conspirators, and court filings have already revealed much of the dirty details, an amended complaint from West and Zampella has been filed in an effort to allow West and Zampella to retain the Modern Warfare franchise rights. The document states that Activision and the former heads of Infinity Ward entered into a Memorandum of Understanding in the lead up to Activision's deal with Vivendi which was designed to:
In addition to creative control, West and Zampella were also promised bonuses which fluctuated with revenue generated by certain games like Modern Warfare 2 (one of the biggest selling titles the industry has ever seen). Apparently, the Memorandum of Understanding was created in order to secure the continued employment by West and Zampella in light of the impending Vivendi merger:
Sounds to me like Activision knew full well that the two heads of their most profitable and successful development house weren't too happy staying in the family. Activision stipulated that creative control and bonuses were subject to the pair's continued employment, meaning if the two were fired, West and Zampella would be leaving without their franchise or compensation. "Don't worry about it. It's impossible for you guys to get fired," Kotick allegedly said.
Here's where all the secretive back-stabby fun comes in:
DUHN DUHN DUHNNNNNNNNNN
So what's it all mean? It means that if West and Zampella are successful in their lawsuit, they'll be able to produce Modern Warfare games without Activision. As it stands right now, I doubt we'll be seeing a conclusion to Modern Warfare 2's bull shit cliffhanger ending. Fuck the whole mess.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go add Zampella to my spell checker's dictionary. So many damn red squiggly lines....
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