Activision Blizzard Inc. came out with guns blazing in its battle with two former lead developers of Call of Duty, the game publisher's multibillion-dollar military franchise.
In a lawsuit that read more like a dramatic Hollywood script, Santa Monica-based Activision claimed it fired Jason West and Vincent Zampella in March because the two "morphed from valued, responsible executives into insubordinate and self-serving schemers who attempted to hijack Activision's assets for their own personal gain."
Activision's suit, filed Friday morning in Los Angeles County Superior Court, counters a complaint that West and Zampella filed against their former employer on March 3, two days after being fired as the heads of Infinity Ward, the Encino-based studio purchased by Activision in 2002. Infinity Ward has developed several Call of Duty games since the inception of the franchise in 2003, including the original.
Robert Schwartz, the attorney for West and Zampella, in a statement said Activision's allegations were "false and outrageous."