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

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    Edited By patrickklepek
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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  Edited By patrickklepek
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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."

    --

    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

    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  Edited By Deathdealer108

    Yep bummer man.

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    #4  Edited By TimSpork

    Awwwwwww I wanted to read those

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    #5  Edited By Barrock

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

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    #6  Edited By BonOrbitz

    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  Edited By Bollard

    Wut

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    #8  Edited By rox360

    Awww. Oh well.

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    #9  Edited By DeepSpace9MM

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

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    #10  Edited By vitor

    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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    Pretty anticlimactic but not a huge surprise.

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    #12  Edited By ShaneDev

    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  Edited By bigsmoke77

    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  Edited By Rayeth

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

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    #15  Edited By HS_Alpha_Wolf

    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  Edited By AuthenticM

    God fucking damnit.

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    #17  Edited By WMWA

    Expected

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    #18  Edited By Maitimo

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

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    #19  Edited By CharAznable

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

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    #20  Edited By umdesch4

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

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    #21  Edited By FinalDasa  Moderator

    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  Edited By striderno9

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

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    #23  Edited By MrMazz

    Man I was really looking forward to this going to trial

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    #24  Edited By dulmonkey

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

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    #25  Edited By chrispti

    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  Edited By brownsfantb

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

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    #27  Edited By Paindamnation

    @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  Edited By Toxin066

    Nice to know this whole thing is over.

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    #29  Edited By Oldirtybearon

    @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  Edited By Lyfeforce

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

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    #31  Edited By andygazi

    Im bummed to Scoopz. Was looking forward to this!

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    #32  Edited By Dagbiker

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

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    #33  Edited By AnEternalEnigma

    No details being released = Activision gave in.

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    #34  Edited By Wacomole

    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  Edited By kylekrane

    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  Edited By Dad_Is_A_Zombie

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

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    #37  Edited By ExplodeMode

    I heard it was 775 million.

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    #38  Edited By VIGGO123
    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  Edited By JRock3x8

    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  Edited By Foggen

    FUCK FUCK GOD FUCKING DAMN IT FUCK

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

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    #42  Edited By Foggen

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

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    #43  Edited By alistercat

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

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    #44  Edited By GalacticPunt

    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  Edited By leejunfan83

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

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    #47  Edited By Ravenlight

    Time to scoop the West/Zampella interview!

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    #48  Edited By Silver-Streak

    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  Edited By MeatSim

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

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    #50  Edited By HackedLife

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

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