History Repeating Itself

In 2005, Activision and Spark Unlimited went to court. While it's has now become a common thing in the gaming world to have litigation,  Spark Unlimited is an interesting case because it correlates to recent news. Spark Unlimited were the devs who first brought Call of Duty to consoles on the PS2 and Xbox with Finest Hours. S.U.'s originating lawsuit with Activision stemmed over :

  • Activision threatened to stop funding the games unless Spark agreed to accept fewer royalties and other less-favorable terms.
  • Activision charged Spark millions in assistance costs that Spark did not approve.
  • Activision did not negotiate in good faith regarding sequels.
  • Activision did not provide meaningful bridge funding.
  • Activision hired away some of Spark’s employees.
 To  which Activision counter-sued on the grounds of
 
  • Spark misrepresented that it had the necessary talent, knowledge, skill and experience to develop the games.
  • Activision paid Spark’s legal fees to defend against Electronic Arts’ accusation that Spark stole trade secrets and confidential information from EA.
  • Spark repeatedly failed to meet its milestones, even when Activision provided substantial support.
  • Spark’s proposal for a sequel was half-hearted and deficient.
  • Spark failed to return development kits and computers containing source code to Activision.
  • Spark breached its confidentiality obligations when it filed the lawsuit.
 While we will probably never know the full gist of what is happening at Infinity Ward, I was struck with a sense of dissonance hearing the news this week at how five years ago the same situation took place.  
 
 Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it. - Winston Churchill
 
If you are interesting in reading more about Sparks Unlimited/ Activision case, read more here.
 
10 Comments
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Posted by HypoXenophobia

In 2005, Activision and Spark Unlimited went to court. While it's has now become a common thing in the gaming world to have litigation,  Spark Unlimited is an interesting case because it correlates to recent news. Spark Unlimited were the devs who first brought Call of Duty to consoles on the PS2 and Xbox with Finest Hours. S.U.'s originating lawsuit with Activision stemmed over :

  • Activision threatened to stop funding the games unless Spark agreed to accept fewer royalties and other less-favorable terms.
  • Activision charged Spark millions in assistance costs that Spark did not approve.
  • Activision did not negotiate in good faith regarding sequels.
  • Activision did not provide meaningful bridge funding.
  • Activision hired away some of Spark’s employees.
 To  which Activision counter-sued on the grounds of
 
  • Spark misrepresented that it had the necessary talent, knowledge, skill and experience to develop the games.
  • Activision paid Spark’s legal fees to defend against Electronic Arts’ accusation that Spark stole trade secrets and confidential information from EA.
  • Spark repeatedly failed to meet its milestones, even when Activision provided substantial support.
  • Spark’s proposal for a sequel was half-hearted and deficient.
  • Spark failed to return development kits and computers containing source code to Activision.
  • Spark breached its confidentiality obligations when it filed the lawsuit.
 While we will probably never know the full gist of what is happening at Infinity Ward, I was struck with a sense of dissonance hearing the news this week at how five years ago the same situation took place.  
 
 Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it. - Winston Churchill
 
If you are interesting in reading more about Sparks Unlimited/ Activision case, read more here.
 
Posted by TheMustacheHero

 Listen to me you mother fuckers.
Posted by HypoXenophobia
@TheMustacheHero: That picture nearly frightened me.
Posted by TheMustacheHero
@HypoXenophobia said:
" @TheMustacheHero: That picture nearly frightened me. "

 But he was such a badass!
Posted by ThatFrood

He was an asshole, is what he was.

Posted by HypoXenophobia
@TheMustacheHero: While I don't mind my blog post being derailed, I am disturbed by your Churchill photo collection.
Posted by neoepoch
@TheMustacheHero said:
" @HypoXenophobia said:
" @TheMustacheHero: That picture nearly frightened me. "

 But he was such a badass!
"
He just needs a bottle of whiskey in that pic and he'd be super badass.
Posted by buzz_clik
@TheMustacheHero: Wax Churchill is goddamn mesmerising. There goes the rest of my afternoon.
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Posted by TheMustacheHero
@buzz_clik: I know right? It's like he could come alive and be all "The more you know..."
Edited by ahoodedfigure

The quote predates Churchill anyway, but bring on the photos :) 
 
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
    George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Volume 1, 1905
    US (Spanish-born) philosopher (1863 - 1952)   
 
Not that the quote doesn't stand on its own without a name attached.

When you've got an aggressive company like that, you have to be careful.  It's easy to see the dollar signs, but hard to see what-ever's behind them. 

Posted by Capum15

Nice resurrection. Anyway, I lol'd at the second post and caption.