The Madeleine Brand Show for May 31, 2012

Activision and creators behind 'Call of Duty' begin battles in court

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A screenshot from Activision's popular game, "Call of Duty: Black Ops."

There's an ongoing feud in the world of video games, but it's not being played with controllers on any game platform — its being battled in court. Jason West and Vincent Zampella are former heads of the company behind the monstrously successful "Call of Duty" series, but they were fired in 2010 after reportedly meeting with a rival firm, and are now seeking millions in damages and missed royalty payments.

The "Call of Duty" series has become one of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time — in fact, "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" became the highest-grossing entertainment product in history, selling $775 million in less than a week.


Stephen Smith, partner with the Greenberg Glusker Law Firm, and specializes in video game law.

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