Activision files Cross Complaint against Zampella and West

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Activision has filed a cross-complaint against Infinity Ward founders Jason West and Vince Zampella, claiming "it was “forced to sever the relationship” with the duo.

According to a statement given to IGN, the company had attempted to “convince West and Zampella” to conduct themselves as was dictated by their contracts, however, these attempts “failed” and the two were let go.

“Activision’s cross-complaint filed today against Jason West and Vince Zampella makes clear that the company did not arrive at its decision to fire them lightly or without good reason,” said an Activision rep.

“It further shows Activision was forced to sever the relationship when it became apparent that long-standing attempts failed to convince West and Zampella to conform their conduct to what was required of them by their contracts, company policies and as fiduciaries.

”The countersuit against the former executives, claims they had tried to “hijack” the company’s assets and threatened the future of the “Call of Duty franchise.

It also claims the two were “insubordinate and self-serving schemers” who negotiated with competitors while under contract with Activision, and tried to prevent the company from compensating Infinity Ward employees so that they were “easier to poach” once the two left the company.

Robert Schwartz, a lawyer for West and Zampella, has yet to formally comment on the matter.

Activision fired the co-founders last month, and according to an ex-Infinity Ward employee, EA put out a “million dollar bounty” on them in order to lure them into the company.

It was also revealed earlier this week that lead software engineer Francesco Gigliotti and lead designer Todd Alderman has also left Activision and Infinity Ward.
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