Activision: Zampella Helped EA
Claims Zampella delayed Modern Warfare 2 map pack to avoid clash with Battlefield Bad Company 2.
Activision has claimed that former Infinity Ward studio head Vince Zampella helped EA by delaying the launch of a DLC map pack for Modern Warfare 2.
The Call Of Duty publisher has filed as evidence an internal EA email which apparently boasts that Zampella delayed the release of the Stimulus map pack for Modern Warfare 2 so as not to interfere with EA’s release of Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
“A couple of months ago, I asked Vince to hold back their map pack until after we launched. (He owes me one),” the email reads. “Given that they’ve already made a billion, he was cool with that, obviously [Activision CEO Bobby] Kotick took it as being belligerent.”
EA spokesman Jeff Brown told Kotaku: “This was obviously sarcasm. It’s clear from the email this was a joke and they never spoke. We explained this to the lawyers at Activision – who apparently don’t have much of a sense of humour.”
West and Zampella’s lawyer, Bobby Schwartz, said: “The allegation is completely false, and at trial it will be clear that this is a desperate attempt by Activision to find some basis to justify its misconduct.”
The news comes as Activision has successfully added EA to its cross-complaint in the increasingly bitter legal battle with Infinity Ward bosses Zampella and Jason West, following its claim last month that EA were actively courting the pair while they were still under contract with Activision.
The cross-complaint claims EA’s dealings with the pair dates back to July 2009, and that it “conspired to set up an independent company staffed by key Activision employees, including designers, programmers, artists, and others from Infinity Ward,” a situation which duly transpired when West and Zampella set up Respawn Entertainment, took on a number of former Infinity Ward staff, signed a publishing agreement with EA and sued Activision over alleged unpaid bonuses.