The best versus match in Modern Warfare 2 this week is being fought with press releases. Following Activision’s firing of Infinity Ward founders Jason West and Vince Zampella at the start of the week citing “insubordination and “breaches of contract”, the pair have now filed suit against Activision.
They claim the charges were a pretext for Activision to fire them and withhold “substantial royalty payments”. Considering that Modern Warfare 2 made half a billion dollars ($550 million, to be precise) in it’s first five days on sale, that could be a pretty big sum.
Interestingly, they may also be laying claim to the Modern Warfare brand, too. Their lawyers refer to “the contractual rights Activision granted to West and Zampella to control Modern Warfare-branded games”. While Activision own the Call of Duty name, could we eventually see a Modern Warfare game from a different studio and publisher?