Games developers sue Activision

The gaming community was a little spooked yesterday over the suprise firing of Jason West and Vince Zampella, who co-founded Activision’s Infinity Ward studio.

The makers of the chronically successful Modern Warfare game were fired for insubordination which is a little ironic for the makers of war games.

Now the two have sued the company in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming breach of contract and wrongful termination.

They claim that their firings were all a cunning plan by Activision to avoid paying them shedloads of cash in royalities.

They seek at least $36 million and control over “Modern Warfare,” a subset of the “Call of Duty” combat games.

West and Zampella’s lawyers at O’Melveny & Myers said that Activision conducted a bogus investigation with the aim of firing Infinity Ward co-heads and avoid making a royalty payment due on March 31.

The firing meant that they would not get substantial royalty payments as part of their existing contracts for ‘Modern Warfare 2,’”.

West and Zampella oversaw creation of the World War II video-game “Call of Duty” and “Modern Warfare” sequels set in later periods. “Call of Duty” titles have generated about $3 billion so they would be up for a pretty penny we would have thought, if they succeed in their action.