Speaking to Critical Gamer, high profile research analyst for Wedbush Morgan Securities Michael Pachter weighed in with his thoughts on the recent news surrounding Activision and the firing of Infinity Ward studio heads Vince Zampella and Jason West .
“It would be terrible for Activision if Zampella/West won the rights to the brand, only mildly negative if they win the monetary portion.
With that said, I think it is highly unlikely that Zampella/West will win the rights to the brand. I have not seen their contracts (I am a lawyer), but my understanding from the news commentary about the suit is that they had the rights to supervise and control modern warfare versions of the game under their old contract. What was not reported is whether these rights were granted to them as employees (likely). If so, when they are no longer employees, they presumably lose those rights.
The situation is analogous to firing the coach of a sports team, who continues to claim the right to set the the team’s line up.
I don’t think that they will win any rights over the brand, but they may win some money. With 1.3 billion shares, the amount sought is only around $0.02/share, so it won’t cripple Activision.”
Either way, it seems this story is set to run and run, with law suits filed and new developments on a daily basis. The future of one of gamings biggest and most lucrative franchises hangs in the balance.