Usually, Vanity Fair’s features are all about Hollywood movers and shakers, glitzy heiresses, and intrigues at famous fashion houses. But this month, the magazine’s website has a big, in-depth article on the lawsuit between Activision and Jason West and Vince Zampella, the men who re-invigorated the Call of Duty » 6/18/13 12:24pm 6/18/13 12:24pm

The People Who Created Call of Duty Imply We'll See Their Next Game At…

Vince Zampella, one of the studio heads of Respawn Entertainment, says his team will "be" at E3 this year, presumably showing off whatever kind of game you make next after you make Call of Duty the biggest thing going. » 2/25/13 3:37pm 2/25/13 3:37pm

Activision Pays Ex-Call of Duty Developers $42 Million

The ongoing legal feud between publishers Activision and former employees Jason West and Vince Zampella, the creators of the Call of Duty franchise, took an interesting turn today when Activision coughed up over $40 million. » 5/14/12 8:30pm 5/14/12 8:30pm

There's No Stopping the Epic Call of Duty Lawsuit

Denying request for summary judgment, the Los Angeles Superior Court gave Activision the green light to go to trial with its $400 million contract interference lawsuit against Electronic Arts over Call of Duty creators Jason West and Vince Zampella. » 12/22/11 5:40pm 12/22/11 5:40pm

Respawn Entertainment Offers First Cryptic Look At Its Post-Call of Duty

There are signs of life from Respawn Entertainment, the studio founded by ousted Call of Duty creators Jason West and Vince Zampella, as the developer's web site has gone live, including two teasers that will tell you next to nothing about its still unannounced game. » 6/29/11 4:00pm 6/29/11 4:00pm

Modern Warfare Makers Complain Of Secret Call of Duty Games And More…

"Don't worry about it. It's impossible for you guys to get fired," Activision boss Bobby Kotick told Infinity Ward founders Jason West and Vince Zampella in 2008, according to a new cross-complaint filed today in a Los Angeles court. » 4/01/11 7:01pm 4/01/11 7:01pm

Judge: $400 Million Activision Vs. Electronic Arts Lawsuit is a go

A California judge ruled this week that Activision Blizzard Inc. has enough evidence to proceed with their $400 million lawsuit against Electronic Arts over the loss of developers Jason West and Vince Zampella. The Modern Warfare suite kicked off a flurry or suits and counter-suits, each one more fanciful and surreal » 3/18/11 9:19am 3/18/11 9:19am

Call of Duty Publisher's Accusations Are 'Deliberate Misdirection,"…

Yesterday, Activision accused rival games giant EA of all sort of skullduggery while suing them for $400 million for allegedly trying to "hijack" the Call of Duty franchise. Today, EA fired back. » 12/22/10 11:20am 12/22/10 11:20am

The Modern Warfare Fight: Your Guide to Activision Vs. Infinity Ward

The ongoing legal tussle between Call of Duty: Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward and publishing giant Activision is full of intrigue, accusations, lawsuits, a mass exodus of key staffers from the studio behind the game and, now, allegations of sabotage. Updated with recent developments. » 12/22/10 1:00am 12/22/10 1:00am

Call of Duty Giant Suing Rival Over Modern Warfare Meltdown, Paints…

The nasty lawsuits between Call of Duty publisher Activision and the ousted lead creators of that hit series got nastier today with accusations that the president of rival EA was instrumental in trying to "hijack" the Call of Duty developers. » 12/21/10 9:00pm 12/21/10 9:00pm

Five More Out At Modern Warfare Studio Infinity Ward

Cross a few more names off of the Modern Warfare 2 credits as the departures continue from Activision studio Infinity Ward. [Updated with one more name] » 4/23/10 3:00pm 4/23/10 3:00pm

Activision Exec: Our Developers are Treated 'Extremely Well'

A top Activision executive, speaking late this week after mass defections from Modern Warfare studio Infinity Ward eviscerated morale there, defended the company's treatment of its developers, saying they're paid better under Activision than anywhere else. » 4/18/10 3:00pm 4/18/10 3:00pm

The Studio Behind Modern Warfare Is "Dead," Insider Says [UPDATE]

The mood at Infinity Ward, the studio behind 2009's biggest game, is terrible and corporate parent Activision is unsure how to fix it, a source close to the development studio tells Kotaku. Infinity Ward, they said, "will continue to crumble." » 4/16/10 4:00pm 4/16/10 4:00pm

Ex-Modern Warfare Creators Haven't Hatched New Game Idea Yet, Won't…

They say they don't even know what their next game will be yet. But the former lead men behind Modern Warfare 2 tell Kotaku that their new company, Respawn Entertainment, will make something big that won't be "exploited." » 4/12/10 1:20pm 4/12/10 1:20pm

Ousted Modern Warfare 2 Creators Respawn, Sign With Former Rivals

The drama involving the creators of one of the biggest franchises in gaming continues as Jason West and Vince Zampella, the fired former lead creators of Modern Warfare 2, have formed a new company, Respawn Entertainment. EA, their formal rival, is backing. » 4/12/10 9:30am 4/12/10 9:30am

Axed Call Of Duty Creators Return Fire At Activision, Plan To Reveal…

Mega-publisher Activision filed its counter-suit against two former top Modern Warfare game developers today, claiming that the pair purposely delayed Modern Warfare 3 and had designs to "steal the [Infinity Ward] studio." What does the other side have to say? » 4/09/10 7:20pm 4/09/10 7:20pm

Modern Warfare Publisher Had "Good Reason" To Fire Top Modern Warfare…

If you play Modern Warfare 2, you just might be busy racking another kill. But the people who made the game are in another round of their own combat. Activision, the game's publisher, tells Kotaku this battle was necessary. » 4/09/10 4:00pm 4/09/10 4:00pm

Ousted Modern Warfare 2 Makers Counter-sued By Activision

A little more than a month after the two top men behind Modern Warfare 2 were fired by their publisher and sued because of it — that publisher, Activision, is suing back, the Los Angeles Times reported today. » 4/09/10 3:20pm 4/09/10 3:20pm