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Endwar: Activision And EA Settle Infinity Ward Lawsuit

They actually decided not to carry on with the lawsuit because the courthouse exploded.

I think EA and Activision would make excellent stars for a buddy cop movie. Case in point: “John Riccitiello and Bobby Kotick are two multi-million dollar CEOs who just can’t get along. Together, they have to get to the bottom of a clandestine international elephant smuggling operation – but with plenty of zany hijinks along the way.” [Cut to scene of climactic shootout in Kotick’s own office. Back-to-back, Kotick and Riccitiello level a small army of vicious, gun-toting thugs that encircle them. But then, Riccitiello accidentally unleashes a spray of gunfire into Kotick’s two favorite bonsai trees while downing the final two baddies.] “Whoops,” says Riccitiello, “guess that’s bonvoyage to those guys.” “Oh, you,” retorts Kotick. “By the way, I’m suing you for $400 million for allegedly luring away two of my most prized employees while they were still under contract.”

See? It’s pretty much a flawless parallel.

After nearly two years, however, the suit’s officially been settled out of court, putting an end to one of the biggest legal feuds this industry’s ever seen – not to mention the Infinity Ward drama saga that so publicly led to the formation of EA partner Respawn Studios.¬†“Activision and EA have agreed to put this matter behind them,” reads a short, simple joint statement from the two companies.

Former Infinity Ward heads West and Zampella, however, will keep throwing one-two-one-billion combos at Activision on their own terms. According to Bloomberg, the duo’s now seeking more than $1 billion in their May 29 case – a rather marked increase from the original $36 million¬†back in 2010.

Also fun/semi-unbelievable, Giant Bomb‘s managed to dig up even more dirt surrounding the days prior to West and Zampella’s ugly exit from Activision, and it sounds, well, like a bad action movie. Internally dubbed “Project Icebreaker,” the IT initiative’s goal was to monitor every work object possible – work phones, PCs, email accounts, etc – in an attempt to snoop through West and Zampella’s business ventures. The whys and wherefores are muddled in testimonial contradictions, but clearly, this is a case of one war ending and another only getting warmed up.

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