Activision seeks $400 mln damages from EA

BANGALORE, Dec 22 (BestGrowthStock) – Activision Blizzard Inc
_(ATVI.O: ) is seeking $400 million damages from Electronic Arts
Inc (ERTS.O: ) in a lawsuit related to its “Call of Duty” video
game franchise, court filings showed.

In a complaint filed with California Superior Court for Los
Angeles County on Tuesday, Activision sought to add Electronic
Arts as a defendant in a case against two former executives who
developed the “Call of Duty” video game franchise.

In April, Activision countersued former executives Jason
West and Vincent Zampella, charging them with attempting to
hijack the company’s assets and threatening the future of “Call
of Duty” franchise.

Activision’s counter charge was in response to the duo’s
lawsuit against the company, which challenged their dismissal
and sought $36 million in royalty payments and damages.
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Activision said on Tuesday that West and Zampella broke
their long-term exclusive employment agreements to set up their
own independent company to develop games for Electronic Arts
instead of Activision.

Electronic Arts had signed a publishing and distribution
deal with Respawn Entertainment, a new company formed by West
and Zampella after their ouster from Activision.
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“As a result, Activision has suffered damages measured not
in the millions, but hundreds of millions of dollars,”
Activision said in the filing.

Electronic Arts could not immediately be reached for
comment by Reuters outside regular U.S. business hours.

Activision Blizzard is the world’s largest stand-alone game
publisher and is home to popular games like “Call of Duty” and
“World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.”

Electronic Arts, which made its name on sports games,
publishes famous titles like “FIFA 11” and “Need for Speed.”

The case is Jason West v Activision Publishing, Superior
Court of the State of California, No. 107041
(Reporting by Sakthi Prasad in Bangalore; Editing by Derek
Caney)

Activision seeks $400 mln damages from EA