Ex "Call of Duty" execs sue Activision -LA Times

March 5 (BestGrowthStock) – Two former executives who helped develop
the “Call of Duty” video game have filed a lawsuit against
Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI.O: ) for wrongful dismissal and
breach of contract, LA Times said.

Jason West and Vince Zampella, who were sacked by Activision
on Monday, have filed a $36 million lawsuit with the Los Angeles
County Superior Court, the paper said. [ID:nN02185715]

The complaint alleges that the company fired the executives
to avoid paying them royalties on the military game Modern
Warfare 2, which was released in November and has generated more
than $1 billion in retail sales, LA Times said.

West was the president and Zampella the chief executive of
Infinity Ward studio, acquired by Activision in 2003, and
developed the original “Call of Duty” game and several others in
the franchise.

Activision released a statement calling the lawsuit
“meritless” and claiming that the pair did not “honor their
obligations” to the publisher, though it failed to specify what
actions led to their dismissal, LA Times said.

Activision could not be reached for comment by Reuters
outside regular U.S. business hours.

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(Reporting by Amulya Nagaraj in Bangalore, editing by Will
Waterman)

Ex “Call of Duty” execs sue Activision -LA Times