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Infinity Ward

Infinity Ward is a gaming developer that is based in the United States of America. The first game to be released by the software developer was Call of Duty, one of the most successful first person shooter war games in the history of gaming. It also created 4 other installments in the same game franchise.

This company was established by Grand Collier, Jason West and Vince Zampella in 2002. They established the company after they left 2015, Inc. The development team at Infinity Ward included all of the team members who used to work in 2015, Inc during the creation of Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. This team contained twenty-two members. In the early days of Infinity Wards, Activision bought thirty percent of it in order to help the company financially by funding it. This mutual cooperation resulted in the creation of a World War II first person shooter that had the name “Call of Duty”. This game was launched for the PC gamers in 2003. Following the release of the game, Activision decided to sign the employees of Infinity Ward. Infinity Ward then created four more games in this franchise including the very popular Modern Warfare Series. These four games were Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare 3. Grand Collier, one of the Co founders of the company decided to leave it and join Activision, its parent company in the beginning of 2009.

The Success of The Call of Duty Franchise

The first gaming title that was launched by Infinity Ward, as mentioned above, was call of Duty. This game was a great success. It was able to win ninety awards (Game of the Year) and fifty Editor’s Choice Awards. This was not the only hit game of the franchise as Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was also a great success as it was one of the highest rated games in the rankings of Game Rankings. It was also perceived with success as it sold more than thirteen million copies around the world since it was released in November of 2012 up to May of 2009. The sequel of the game was even more successful as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was able to earn more than 555 million dollars throughout the first week of its release. It was able to earn $310 million of the $555 million in the first day alone.
The sequel of Modern Warfare 2 was even a bigger success as it was able to sell more than six million copies in the United Kingdom and the United States only and it was able to gross more than four-hundred million dollars in the first day of its release. This makes it the most successful and highest grossing game in gaming entertainment history.
This success resulted in Infinity Ward been ranked as the 3rd gaming developer behind Bungie and Nintendo for the top one-hundred gaming developers. This list was based on the success of sales in the United Kingdom.

Infinity Ward VS Activision Saga

The saga between Activision and Infinity Ward started in 2010 in March as Activision decided to fire Jason West and Vince Zampella on grounds of contract breach & insubordination. Following the departure of Vince Zampella and Jason West, almost half of Infinity Ward’s staff resigned. During May and April of 2012, a total of forty-six employees, programmers and lead designers who were a part of the team that developed Modern Warfare 2 resigned and left Infinity Ward without any statements or comments about their departure.
This was followed by a series of legal lawsuits. The first lawsuit was filed by Zampella and West against Activision. The ground for this lawsuit was that Infinity Ward did not receive royalties resulting from the sales of the fourth game they released, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. This lawsuit was filed on the 4th of March.

Another lawsuit was filed on the 27th of April of 2010, it was filed by thirty-eight former and current employees of infinity Ward. They named themselves the IWEG (Infinity Ward Employee Group. They were asking for seventy-five and one-hundred and twenty-five million dollars as a compensation for the unpaid bonuses for their work on Modern Warfare 2.

Lastly, Activision filed a lawsuit against Zampella and West to join EA stating that EA has planned a conspiracy with Zampella and West. It also accused EA of interfering with the contracts, which is considered unfair competition. It also stated that Zampella and West were greed motivated and they released Modern Warfare 2 trailers that coincided with the release of promotional videos by Treyarch regarding Call of Duty: World At War.

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