In what seems like an eternity to finish, a couple of legal battles that started a while back finally have some closure to them. So in an effort to provide closure for you as well (don’t lie, I know you need it), I’ve got the updates on the winners and losers of the high stakes action inside the courtroom!
You may remember the whole Infinity Ward/Activision fiasco. While the majority of that absolute mess is still ongoing (and continually delayed), one of the suits was actually finished last week. If you’ve been rooting for the guys formerly of Infinity Ward, Jason West and Vince Zampella, then I have some bad news for you. A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge has ruled in favor of Activision and dismissed the two counts of fraud levied against them by West and Zampella back in 2010. While Activision doesn’t have to answer to the fraud claim, a claim for promissory fraud is still on the table. The two sides are still going head to head as Activision claims West and Zampella went behind their back to EA, while 38 former Infinity Ward employees have merged their lawsuits with West and Zampella as they’re suing for unpaid royalties owed to them for Modern Warfare 2 by Activision. No one is out of the woods yet as a trial to go over all remaining charges is scheduled to begin on May 7.
Finally, Bethesda/Zenimax and Notch (of Mojang and Minecraft fame) went at each other over Notch’s new game called “Scrolls”. If you remember, Bethesda wasn’t too pleased over the name as they felt it was a little too close to their mega hit series “the Elder Scrolls”. For those of you wondering how the case is going (or most likely forgot altogether), the two came to a settlement outside of court a few days ago. Seems like everyone was a winner in this one. Unlike the other case above, there’s no blood-letting or stab wounds. Mojang gets to keep the name but has to let go of any trademarks associated with it to Zenimax/Bethesda. Seems so simple when put that way, right?