Activision and Electronic Arts have reached a settlement that was part of an ongoing lawsuit scheduled for trial on May 29. An Activision lawyer said after the hearing yesterday; “Activision and Electronic Arts have decided to put this matter behind them,”
The settlement removes Electronic Arts from an ongoing trial between Activision and the former heads of Infinity Ward of Call of Duty fame. Activision fired the developers, Jason West and Vince Zampella, in 2010, claiming that they had plotted with Electronic Arts to leave Activision and set up a new independent studio.
Activision had accused Electronic Arts of disrupting Infinity Ward by trying to lure away the two developers while they still had two years left on their contract. West and Zampella sued Activision after they were fired and are seeking more than $1 billion in damages.
Activision had added Electronic Arts in its counterclaims to a lawsuit brought by West and Zampella, but now the ongoing dispute will solely be between Activision and the two men. No information was provided regarding any out of court settlement between Activision and EA, but you can bet it would be worth more than any of us will see in a long time. We will bring you any developments on the ongoing court case as it progresses.