Activision has added EA's name to the list of defendants in its $400 million lawsuit filed against former Infinity Ward executives.
The company claims that rival game publisher EA knowingly courted Infinity Ward executives Jason West and Vince Zampella while they were still under contract with Activision.
Activision's new court filing contains e-mails exchanged between EA executives, the former studio heads and a Hollywood agent, that indicate that EA had recruited the executives while they were still working for Activision.
The company has accused EA of interfering with contracts, engaging in unfair trade practices and helping the executives to breach fiduciary duty.
“Electronic Arts secretly conspired with Infinity Ward employees to affect the timing of the release of Electronic Arts and Activision products to the benefit of Electronic Arts and detriment of Activision,” Activision claims.
“Activision's belief is based on an internal EA email bragging about how Electronic Arts asked Zampella to hold back the release of an Infinity Ward product until after Electronic Arts launched its game, and how Zampella 'was cool with that',” the company said in the filing.