Activision v Noriega analysed: don’t make way for the bad guy

Back in July 2014 I wrote a post about whether a dictator (Manuel Noriega of Panama) could control his online image in a video game (the hit game Call of Duty: Black Ops 2)?  We now have an answer: nope.  In a short judgment which is interesting for all kinds of reasons, a Californian court has… Continue reading Activision v Noriega analysed: don’t make way for the bad guy

Activision resurrects Sierra thanks to good trademark practices

I just read in Develop that Activision is bringing back its dormant Sierra publishing label.  For those who don’t know: Sierra was once a driving force in games development and publishing in the 1980s and 1990s but suffered a long decline into the 2000s, effect shutting down finally by the late Noughties. This made me think… Continue reading Activision resurrects Sierra thanks to good trademark practices

Noriega v Activision: can a dictactor control his online image?

News has broken that Manuel Noriega, the former military dictator of Panama, is suing Activision on the claim that his name and likeness is used as a supporting character in the latest game in the multi-billion dollar Call of Duty game series, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. In a nutshell: the game is set in the 1980s and… Continue reading Noriega v Activision: can a dictactor control his online image?

Activision joins EA to Infinity Ward lawsuit

Activision has obtained court permission to join EA to its lawsuit against former Infinity Ward executives Jason West and Vince Zampella, according to Joystiq.   You can read more about the recent steps in this increasingly bitter lawsuit here.  What this latest development  means is that, barring any other unforeseen developments, the trial will go ahead… Continue reading Activision joins EA to Infinity Ward lawsuit

More on the Infinity Ward lawsuit: EA to join the party?

UPDATE: apparently, West and Zampella have filed a response to Activision’s application to enlarge its lawsuit against them, basically complaining that Activision is trying to bankrupt them in the litigation.  Ouch.  Ofc, hopefully they have more substantive grounds for opposing Activision, but since irritatingly no one has published the court documents, I can’t check :/… Continue reading More on the Infinity Ward lawsuit: EA to join the party?

More on the Activision/Infinity Ward lawsuit

More interesting details have emerged in the two lawsuits being brought against Activision over the Modern Warfare IP.  To recap, the first lawsuit is by former Infinity Ward heads Vince Zampella and Jason West over the circumstances in which they were sacked from the Activision-owned developer of the Modern Warfare series of games, and which… Continue reading More on the Activision/Infinity Ward lawsuit

Former Activision employees join Infinity Ward exec lawsuit

38 former and current employees of Infinity Ward, the US developer behind the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series, have sued Activision Blizzard claiming that they are owed between $75 million and $125 million in unpaid royalties and potentially more in compensatory damages, reports the LA Times. This lawsuit follows on from the lawsuit by former Infinity… Continue reading Former Activision employees join Infinity Ward exec lawsuit

More thoughts on the Activision/Infinity Ward exec lawsuit

NOTE: just to make clear – these are just the personal views of Gamer/Law. Also, we do not have any relationship with anyone involved in the litigation! Thanks. Rather belatedly, here are my thoughts on the latest developments in the Activision/Infinity Ward executives lawsuit. Background: A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about former Infinity Ward… Continue reading More thoughts on the Activision/Infinity Ward exec lawsuit

Former Infinity Ward Execs Sue Activision

NOTE: this post seems to have received a deal of media interest, so just to make clear: these are just the personal views of Gamer/Law.  Also, we do not have any relationship with anyone involved in the litigation!  Thanks. Original post: Former Infinity Ward executives Jason West and Vince Zampella have launched a lawsuit against… Continue reading Former Infinity Ward Execs Sue Activision

Activision and Infinity Ward fall out, Mr Lawsuit beckons?

2nd UPDATE 03/03/10 at 14:02 More info here and here.  The current position seems to be: Activision has confirmed that Zampello and West have left Infinity Ward.  MCV reports that chief technology officer Steve Ackrich will replace the now departed West and Zampella as head of Infinity Ward on an interim basis. Sledgehammer Games, a… Continue reading Activision and Infinity Ward fall out, Mr Lawsuit beckons?