Activision Blizzard is seeking $400 million in damages from Electronic Arts over its Call of Duty video game series. Activision wants to add Electronic Arts as a defendant in a case against two former employees who developed the hit Call of Duty franchise, Reuters reported.
In April, Messrs. West and Zampella announced they had formed a new development studio called Respawn Entertainment and that EA will publish its games. Jeff Brown, a spokesman for EA, called the Activision suit a “PR play filled with pettiness and deliberate misdirection,” adding that “Activision wants to hide the fact that they have no credible response to the claim of two artists who were fired and now just want to get paid for their work.”
he new complaint highlights the growing bitterness between EA and Activision. Activision alleges EA was motivated to undermine Activision because its products haven’t performed well in the market. “To find Electronic Arts’s desperate motive to conspire to break these legal contracts ahead of their expiration dates, all one has to do is to look at the company’s precipitous decline in stature with investors and, most importantly, in the eyes of game players who demand innovation and excitement,” the complaint says.