Call of Duty Trial Isn't Happening, Parties Settle [UPDATED]

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Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -
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UPDATE: Activision has issued a press release about the settlement, and while it doesn't include much that we didn't already know, it does mention the settlement will "not have a material impact" on the company's bottom line.

In other words: we probably won't end up finding out very much from Activision's SEC filings.

"The company does not believe that the incremental one-time charges related to the settlement will result in a material impact on its GAAP or non-GAAP earnings per share outlook for the current quarter or the calendar year, due to stronger-than-expected operating performance in the current quarter."

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The epic showdown in the courts between Activision, former Infinity Ward leaders Jason West and Vince Zampella, and nearly 40 employees who left after shipping Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 won't be happening.

Polygon reporter Mike McWhertor and LA Times reporter Ben Fritz have been attending the pre-trial shenanigans in Los Angeles, and both are reporting a settlement has been reached.

The trial had been scheduled to start this week. Details on the settlement will not be released.

According to Fritz, West was seen smiling in the courtroom as the news was announced.

Activision had previously disclosed it had set aside one billion dollars for the case, if the outcome went against Activision in the worst possible way. It's unclear if Activision will have to disclose any part of the settlement in the future as part of being a publicly traded company. The settlement between Activision and Electronic Arts has also been kept under wraps.

I'm really bummed. Think of all the court documents related to lunches I could have looked up!

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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -
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UPDATE: Activision has issued a press release about the settlement, and while it doesn't include much that we didn't already know, it does mention the settlement will "not have a material impact" on the company's bottom line.

In other words: we probably won't end up finding out very much from Activision's SEC filings.

"The company does not believe that the incremental one-time charges related to the settlement will result in a material impact on its GAAP or non-GAAP earnings per share outlook for the current quarter or the calendar year, due to stronger-than-expected operating performance in the current quarter."

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The epic showdown in the courts between Activision, former Infinity Ward leaders Jason West and Vince Zampella, and nearly 40 employees who left after shipping Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 won't be happening.

Polygon reporter Mike McWhertor and LA Times reporter Ben Fritz have been attending the pre-trial shenanigans in Los Angeles, and both are reporting a settlement has been reached.

The trial had been scheduled to start this week. Details on the settlement will not be released.

According to Fritz, West was seen smiling in the courtroom as the news was announced.

Activision had previously disclosed it had set aside one billion dollars for the case, if the outcome went against Activision in the worst possible way. It's unclear if Activision will have to disclose any part of the settlement in the future as part of being a publicly traded company. The settlement between Activision and Electronic Arts has also been kept under wraps.

I'm really bummed. Think of all the court documents related to lunches I could have looked up!

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#2 Edited by Grissefar (2904 posts) -

Too bad, there could have been some good drama. I guess Activision wouldn't risk losing the MW name.

But really ugly typo there, Patrick. Hardly the first time that has happaned. Ha! Ha! Do you get it?

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#3 Posted by Deathdealer108 (315 posts) -

Yep bummer man.

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#4 Posted by TimSpork (12 posts) -

Awwwwwww I wanted to read those

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#5 Posted by Barrock (4007 posts) -

So they dumped the billions they had saved "Just in case..." I bet?

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#6 Posted by BonOrbitz (2588 posts) -

Either way, it's a good thing Activision set aside ONE BEEEEEELLION dollars.

...and too bad Scoop got scooped out of lunch documents.

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#7 Posted by Bollard (7883 posts) -

Wut

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#8 Posted by Rox360 (1289 posts) -

Awww. Oh well.

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#9 Edited by DeepSpace9MM (210 posts) -

Man, what's Adam Sessler gonna do with his free time now?

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#10 Posted by Vitor (3088 posts) -

Yeah, I'm thinking that money that Activision put aside for 'legal issues and unforeseen events' has now likely gone missing from their budget....

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#11 Posted by The_Last_Starfighter (483 posts) -

Pretty anticlimactic but not a huge surprise.

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#12 Posted by ShaneDev (1702 posts) -

So when can we find out exactly what happened and what the settlement was or is it behind an NDA?

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#13 Posted by bigsmoke77 (851 posts) -

This probably saved a lot of the tax payers money but this would have been awesome to see play out.

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#14 Posted by Rayeth (1180 posts) -

Some people got PAID just now. West, Zampella and co. are likely much, much richer.

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#15 Posted by HS_Alpha_Wolf (114 posts) -

Damn, just missed the top, but in regards to the story, I am surprised this settled since both parties seemed to have genuine malice towards each other

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#16 Posted by AuthenticM (4340 posts) -

God fucking damnit.

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#17 Posted by WMWA (1223 posts) -

Expected

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#18 Posted by Maitimo (210 posts) -

Only Tim Langdell seems to deliver on gaming-related courtroom drama, huh?

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#19 Posted by CharAznable (833 posts) -

Damn, this would have provided some good discussion fodder for the Bombcast.

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#20 Posted by umdesch4 (787 posts) -

You think you're bummed Patrick? What about the lawyers? There goes that second mansion in the Hamptons...

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#21 Posted by FinalDasa (3131 posts) -

So this could be viewed as an Activision loss?

They were so ready to go to court thinking they had the advantage and then turn back to just settle.

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#22 Posted by StriderNo9 (1322 posts) -

Wow, so what started so long ago is finally over?

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#23 Posted by MrMazz (1190 posts) -

Man I was really looking forward to this going to trial

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#24 Posted by dulmonkey (79 posts) -

Does this mean that Respawn's new game will be announced this E3? Do I dare to Hope?

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#25 Posted by chrispti (227 posts) -

Good old Activison rolling over. They tried to save as much face as they could. I hope West, Zampella and the rest of the team gouged Activison for as much as possible.

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#26 Posted by brownsfantb (449 posts) -

@umdesch4: Trust me, they'll still get paid.

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#27 Posted by Paindamnation (875 posts) -

@FinalDasa said:

So this could be viewed as an Activision loss?

They were so ready to go to court thinking they had the advantage and then turn back to just settle.

They got camped and sniped at spawn.

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#28 Posted by Toxin066 (3498 posts) -

Nice to know this whole thing is over.

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#29 Posted by Oldirtybearon (5626 posts) -

@chrispti said:

Good old Activison rolling over. They tried to save as much face as they could. I hope West, Zampella and the rest of the team gouged Activison for as much as possible.

That's probably what happened. If this thing went to trial, even if by some hail mary of a virgin birth style miracle happened and they won, the damage to their reputation would've been uncanny. Just so we're clear, Project Icebreaker and other nefarious shit is what Activision wasn't worried about getting out.

Think on that.

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#30 Posted by Lyfeforce (448 posts) -

I only mourn for the podcast fodder this would have provided.

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#31 Posted by andygazi (106 posts) -

Im bummed to Scoopz. Was looking forward to this!

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#32 Posted by Dagbiker (7051 posts) -

Im bummed too this would have been the best trial ever.

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#33 Posted by AnEternalEnigma (299 posts) -

No details being released = Activision gave in.

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#34 Posted by Wacomole (1166 posts) -

Of course they did.

Details of the settlement were undisclosed but "...West was also seen folding a receipt for a pair of matching gold-plated Bugatti Veyrons"

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#35 Posted by kylekrane (72 posts) -

I think Patrick should still get whatever bonus was coming to him when he won a pulitzer for what would have been his reporting of this case.

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#36 Posted by Dad_Is_A_Zombie (1244 posts) -

Looks like Respawn just got the world's biggest kickstarter.

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#37 Posted by ExplodeMode (851 posts) -

I heard it was 775 million.

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#38 Edited by VIGGO123 (582 posts) -
I'm really bummed. Think of all the court documents related to lunches I could have looked up!

Yeah, I bet Activision keeps records of every lunch consumed by their employees.

Seriously though, I really wanted to see this go to court. IT would have been a sure loss for Activision.

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#39 Posted by JRock3x8 (314 posts) -

can you imagine how activision would have come out of this looking? someone must have finally slapped some sense into Bobby Kotick and said "look, no one is ever going to buy an activision product again if we go to trial."

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#40 Posted by Foggen (1034 posts) -

FUCK FUCK GOD FUCKING DAMN IT FUCK

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#41 Posted by Brodehouse (10812 posts) -

I was hoping they'd go to trial so the real bullshit got exposed.

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#42 Posted by Foggen (1034 posts) -

@ExplodeMode: That's an illegal amount of money.

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#43 Posted by AlisterCat (7841 posts) -

Patrick, please interview Jason and Vince and make it all about their favourite sandwiches.

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#44 Posted by GalacticPunt (1507 posts) -

Aw Dammit, I was ready to watch the mud fly. What am I going to do with all this popcorn?

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#46 Posted by leejunfan83 (1169 posts) -

@chrispti: I just stopped myself from making a joke in questionable taste

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#47 Posted by Ravenlight (8057 posts) -

Time to scoop the West/Zampella interview!

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#48 Posted by Silver-Streak (1906 posts) -

Man, I actually didn't want West Zampella to just get some money. I really wanted to see them gain the rights to Modern Warfare/CoD to see Activision lose it's mind.

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#49 Posted by MeatSim (11165 posts) -

I want to hear the Jury deliberation process on what they choose for lunch.

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#50 Posted by HackedLife (17 posts) -

Sweet! Maybe this means Respawn can start talking about their game now!!

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