While Activision has been celebrating the record-breaking launch of the Stimulus Package DLC for Modern Warfare 2, the turmoil that surround the departure of studio heads Jason West and Vince Zampella has not been forgotten. While the duo filed a $36 million lawsuit against their former publishing partner last month, Activision has retaliated with a counter-suit, claiming the duo was engaging in a variety of actions that caused detriment to Activision and Infinity Ward.
According to Activision, Ward and Zampella met with other video game publishers while under Activision's employ and held up development of Call of Duty titles in order to command more money from their publisher. The statement also claims their actions were affecting those beneath them at Infinity Ward, as bonuses meant for other employees were never distributed.
Referencing the duo, Activision claimed Ward and Zampella "morphed from valued, responsible executives into insubordinate and self-serving schemers who attempted to hijack Activision's assets for their own personal gain and whose actions threatened both the future of the Call of Duty franchise and future of Activision's studio."