Amidst today's flood of E3 news comes the less-than-thrilling conclusion to a lengthy two-year Call of Duty legal conflict between Activision and the West-Zampella duo.
In 2010, Infinity Ward leads Jason West and Vincent Zampella sued Activision for wrongful termination. Activision then countersued the two developers for alleged disloyalty, and a great mess ensued. 40 other ex-Infinity Ward developers later filed a separate lawsuit against Activision, claiming the publisher swindled them out of millions of dollars in bonuses and royalties.
Last summer, a judge determined the West v. Activision case fit for trial and set a date for early 2012, but as the trial date loomed, a last-minute agreement was reached. All three lawsuits have now been resolved, though the details of the settlement remain confidential.
Robert Schwartz, attorney for West and Zampella, offered confirmation and said, "All parties have reached a settlement in the dispute, the terms of which are strictly confidential."
Attorneys for all three parties involved confirmed the settlement to California Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle during a hearing on Thursday. All claims will be dismissed as a result.