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Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -
EA and Activision will go head-to-head again when Respawn's game is eventually revealed.
EA and Activision will go head-to-head again when Respawn's game is eventually revealed.

It's been a busy day for the legal system.

Activision and Electronic Arts announced today the companies have settled their differences in the Infinity Ward lawsuit.

"Activision and EA have agreed to put this matter behind them," reads the brief joint statement from the companies.

Electronic Arts was implicated after it was discovered Infinity Ward leadership Jason West and Vince Zampella had met with the publisher prior to leaving Activision and Infinity Ward. Soon after their termination, West and Zampella formed Respawn Entertainment and signed a deal with EA for a still unannounced shooter.

Who owes who what money isn't for us to know, unfortunately. Details of the settlement were not released.

This does not mean the Infinity Ward lawsuit is over. The Infinity Ward part, involving West, Zampella and roughly 40 former members of the studio, goes to trial on May 29. Activision had sought a 30-day extension after changing attorneys but that request was denied.

This news comes just after details broke on an alleged covert operation run by Activision in 2009 to uncover "dirt" on West and Zampella. Read all about "Project Icebreaker"--yes, I'm serious--right here.

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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -
EA and Activision will go head-to-head again when Respawn's game is eventually revealed.
EA and Activision will go head-to-head again when Respawn's game is eventually revealed.

It's been a busy day for the legal system.

Activision and Electronic Arts announced today the companies have settled their differences in the Infinity Ward lawsuit.

"Activision and EA have agreed to put this matter behind them," reads the brief joint statement from the companies.

Electronic Arts was implicated after it was discovered Infinity Ward leadership Jason West and Vince Zampella had met with the publisher prior to leaving Activision and Infinity Ward. Soon after their termination, West and Zampella formed Respawn Entertainment and signed a deal with EA for a still unannounced shooter.

Who owes who what money isn't for us to know, unfortunately. Details of the settlement were not released.

This does not mean the Infinity Ward lawsuit is over. The Infinity Ward part, involving West, Zampella and roughly 40 former members of the studio, goes to trial on May 29. Activision had sought a 30-day extension after changing attorneys but that request was denied.

This news comes just after details broke on an alleged covert operation run by Activision in 2009 to uncover "dirt" on West and Zampella. Read all about "Project Icebreaker"--yes, I'm serious--right here.

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#2 Edited by superscott597 (116 posts) -

Man, will it ever end for sure for sure? Because I'm betting Activision will go after Respawn when it's game is revealed. Time will tell...

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#3 Posted by FesteringNeon (2276 posts) -

fawk

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#4 Posted by nintendoeats (6223 posts) -

Somebody try and tell me that capitalism serves the people.

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#5 Posted by superscott597 (116 posts) -

@FesteringNeon said:

fawk

Sorry bud. Didn't mean to steal your glory. The worst part is I got that quest like 2 years ago.

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#6 Posted by Tuggah (1086 posts) -

They settled for a picture of Bobby Kotick getting kicked in the nuts. Quote me on that.

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#7 Posted by Dany (8018 posts) -

This shit is getting intense.

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#8 Posted by Gargantuan (1905 posts) -

@Tuggah said:

They settled for a picture of Bobby Kotick getting kicked in the nuts. Quote me on that.

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#9 Posted by Venatio (4730 posts) -

@Gargantuan said:

@Tuggah said:

They settled for a picture of Bobby Kotick getting kicked in the nuts. Quote me on that.

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#10 Posted by FesteringNeon (2276 posts) -

@superscott597 said:

@FesteringNeon said:

fawk

Sorry bud. Didn't mean to steal your glory. The worst part is I got that quest like 2 years ago.

No that was a "fuck", mixed with Activision's Tony Hawk. A response fitting to the story outcome. I would have said "it's about time"... but it really wasn't.

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#11 Posted by Jayzilla (2703 posts) -

The settlement is for EA and ActiVision to co-make a game called: Project Icebreaker.

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#12 Posted by vikingdeath1 (1216 posts) -

Call of Duty 3 wasn't THAT bad guys

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#13 Posted by AuthenticM (4309 posts) -

I was hoping this did not happen. I wanted a battle royale. Oh well.

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#14 Posted by AhmadMetallic (19301 posts) -

Really curious about what happens to the FPS scene when all this shit settles down. 

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#15 Posted by zkillz (98 posts) -

"Who owes who" should be "who owes whom." h2h

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#16 Posted by Napalm (9230 posts) -

So, did Activision drag Electronic Arts into this, or did they go to bat for Jason and Vince on one side of this conflict?

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#17 Posted by fisk0 (6390 posts) -

@AhmadMetallic said:

Really curious about what happens to the FPS scene when all this shit settles down.

Half-life 3 is released, making modern military shooters irrelevant again.

I can dream, can I?

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#18 Posted by sephirm87 (243 posts) -

@nintendoeats said:

Somebody try and tell me that capitalism serves the people.

what does this have to do with anything in the article?

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#19 Posted by nintendoeats (6223 posts) -

@sephirm87 said:

@nintendoeats said:

Somebody try and tell me that capitalism serves the people.

what does this have to do with anything in the article?

People like game made by person A. In socialism, person A keeps making games. in capitalism, person A makes games once some people in suits who don't care about said games say it's ok.

Obviously that is the simplified version.

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#20 Edited by jasondesante (616 posts) -

Respawn is just waiting for the next gen to annihilate the COD franchize.

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#21 Posted by adoggz (2081 posts) -

FUCK YES! i cant wait to see what gets out in court.

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#22 Posted by GreggD (4595 posts) -

Put on yer fedoras, people. This is gonna be a long summer.

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#23 Posted by Jaserno (255 posts) -

@fisk0 said:

@AhmadMetallic said:

Really curious about what happens to the FPS scene when all this shit settles down.

Half-life 3 is released, making modern military shooters irrelevant again.

I can dream, can I?

Hopefully!

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#24 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

@nintendoeats said:

Obviously that is the simplified version.

No, that's the biased, dickish version.

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#25 Posted by oobs (355 posts) -

wanting to change lawyers...not a good sign for Activision

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#26 Posted by Pachydermic (19 posts) -

@nintendoeats said:

@sephirm87 said:

@nintendoeats said:

Somebody try and tell me that capitalism serves the people.

what does this have to do with anything in the article?

People like game made by person A. In socialism, person A keeps making games. in capitalism, person A makes games once some people in suits who don't care about said games say it's ok.

Obviously that is the simplified version.

lol

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetris#History

Note that Alexey went on to make more games - this time with corporations and not socialist governments.

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#27 Edited by Grissefar (2904 posts) -

@nintendoeats said:

@sephirm87 said:

@nintendoeats said:

Somebody try and tell me that capitalism serves the people.

what does this have to do with anything in the article?

People like game made by person A. In socialism, person A keeps making games. in capitalism, person A makes games once some people in suits who don't care about said games say it's ok.

Obviously that is the simplified version.

That's a pretty clumsy, out-of-nowhere kind of statement, in an attempt to apply your current political view on everything and expose it on the internet.

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#28 Posted by Blackout62 (2080 posts) -

Calling it now: The next game West and Zampella make (Not the one they're currently making with EA) will be called Project Icebreaker before receiving it's proper title.

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#29 Posted by sephirm87 (243 posts) -

@nintendoeats:

socialism would be just as shitty as capitalism, cause it's people who are shitty. Replace guy in suits with the word government, and your assertion holds true.

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#30 Posted by iam3green (14368 posts) -

aww that sucks. somebody is going to be getting the game series.

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#31 Posted by Jammy411 (74 posts) -

changing attorneys, man, SHADY

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#32 Posted by lockwoodx (2531 posts) -

I hope both publishers DIAF so I could care less about who wins which lawsuit.

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#33 Posted by Mikular (169 posts) -

I love that old EA logo, way better than the current one.

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#34 Posted by umdesch4 (787 posts) -

@fisk0 said:

@AhmadMetallic said:

Really curious about what happens to the FPS scene when all this shit settles down.

Half-life 3 is released, making modern military shooters irrelevant again.

I can dream, can I?

First I laughed, then I cried. ...but yeah, this was the best post I've read all day. Thanks for that.

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#35 Posted by NipCrip66 (138 posts) -

@nintendoeats: it serves the lawyers. They're people....supposedly.

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#36 Posted by Jackel2072 (2510 posts) -

@umdesch4 said:

@fisk0 said:

@AhmadMetallic said:

Really curious about what happens to the FPS scene when all this shit settles down.

Half-life 3 is released, making modern military shooters irrelevant again.

I can dream, can I?

First I laughed, then I cried. ...but yeah, this was the best post I've read all day. Thanks for that.

I dont think "modern" military shooters will really ever full dissapear. maybe become a little less popular but never truly gone either. Modern is a constant. always moving forward. its not something stuck in a period like WW II shooters were. We had plenty of Modern shooters before COD. maybe they were not in the lime light as much, but they them selfs are a constant. being Modern and all.

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#37 Posted by viking_funeral (2652 posts) -

@Pachydermic said:

@nintendoeats said:

@sephirm87 said:

@nintendoeats said:

Somebody try and tell me that capitalism serves the people.

what does this have to do with anything in the article?

People like game made by person A. In socialism, person A keeps making games. in capitalism, person A makes games once some people in suits who don't care about said games say it's ok.

Obviously that is the simplified version.

lol

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetris#History

Note that Alexey went on to make more games - this time with corporations and not socialist governments.

Socialism != Communism

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#38 Posted by Ghostiet (5832 posts) -
@nintendoeats said:

@sephirm87 said:

@nintendoeats said:

Somebody try and tell me that capitalism serves the people.

what does this have to do with anything in the article?

People like game made by person A. In socialism, person A keeps making games. in capitalism, person A makes games once some people in suits who don't care about said games say it's ok.

Obviously that is the simplified version.

You have such poor grasp of politics that I'm not surprised at all that you don't understand something.

And yeah, it's a simplified version. Simplified to the level of a 11 year old strawman.

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#39 Posted by Incapability (244 posts) -

@Ghostiet: No, shhh, he's trying to turn this industry bullshit into something that will help his political agenda, by the hollowest possible means.

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#40 Posted by umdesch4 (787 posts) -

@Jackel2072 said:

@umdesch4 said:

@fisk0 said:

@AhmadMetallic said:

Really curious about what happens to the FPS scene when all this shit settles down.

Half-life 3 is released, making modern military shooters irrelevant again.

I can dream, can I?

First I laughed, then I cried. ...but yeah, this was the best post I've read all day. Thanks for that.

I dont think "modern" military shooters will really ever full dissapear. maybe become a little less popular but never truly gone either. Modern is a constant. always moving forward. its not something stuck in a period like WW II shooters were. We had plenty of Modern shooters before COD. maybe they were not in the lime light as much, but they them selfs are a constant. being Modern and all.

Oh yeah, modern military shooters shouldn't ever go away. I think the comments above were a little tongue-in-cheek. It's a question of game studios jumping on bandwagons, following the money, and the inevitable pendulum swinging. I wish we always had a balance of different types of games coming out, but alas, it seems like the last few years have had the bulk of the investment funneled into a small handful of specific game types.

I bet, in a few years, you'll find people clamoring for the COD type of game, as the industry is dominated by...whatever the heck comes next.

All that aside, I'd just like to see Half-life 3 some day.

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#41 Posted by dropabombonit (1542 posts) -

Good news and I can't wait to see how this court case plays out

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#42 Posted by nanowerx (4 posts) -

If Respawn names their first game "Project: Icebreaker" I can die a happy man. What better way to rub it in Activisions faces that they murdered them in court than using the title of the operation that made Activision lose the case.

I really hope Respawn wins this and gets to take the Call of Duty and/or Modern Warfare names. Fuck Activision. People saying EA is the worst company in the world are just butt-hurt arm-chair activists that don't really pay attention. EA may be greedy and get out of hand with DLC, but Activision is just plain EVIL.

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#43 Posted by probablytuna (4971 posts) -

I just came back from a media blackout after playing so much Diablo III. Man so many things to catch up on.

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#44 Posted by Oddy4000 (113 posts) -

@nintendoeats said:

@sephirm87 said:

@nintendoeats said:

Somebody try and tell me that capitalism serves the people.

what does this have to do with anything in the article?

People like game made by person A. In socialism, person A keeps making games. in capitalism, person A makes games once some people in suits who don't care about said games say it's ok.

Obviously that is the simplified version.

In socialism, person A gets blackmailed, tortured, and eventually killed by government agents. In capitalism, person A continues to enjoy 1st world problems of his smart phone losing coverage.

Obviously, that's a simplified version.

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#45 Edited by PatientBeast (35 posts) -

In this thread: EA settles with Activision, Infinity Ward still going to court. SomeoneSeveral people strawman their political views on capitalism vs. socialism (geez guys, really?). Hopes abound that HL3 will shift the industry focus away from modern military shooters. And people want Respawn to name their upcoming project "Operation: Icebreaker" to spite Activision.

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#46 Posted by Corvak (1854 posts) -

@PatientBeast: Notch said it best, the way to solve all disputes in gaming, is quake III arena.

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#47 Posted by Redfield (102 posts) -

@Oddy4000:

That's funny... I live in a socialist country and that certainly doesn't happen here. And no it is not because the government manages to withhold it from the people it just doesn't happen. Your views of socialism are so... American?

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#48 Posted by The_Last_Starfighter (451 posts) -
@fisk0

@AhmadMetallic said:

Really curious about what happens to the FPS scene when all this shit settles down.

Half-life 3 is released, making modern military shooters irrelevant again.

I can dream, can I?

unfortunately it's released with a copy of counter strike modern warfare that features cutting edge killstreak rewards...
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#49 Posted by iam3green (14368 posts) -

aww that sucks. this will never ends. they are just waiting for call of duty to stop being good and then will release something.

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#50 Posted by mewarmo990 (854 posts) -

I know I'll probably be disappointed, but I really hope Respawn's new game isn't yet another Modern Military Shooter.