Zack Bastian, contributor the lovely Law of the Game Blog, talks about what to expect in the Call of Duty lawsuit between EA, Activision and former Infinity Ward front men Jason West and Vince Zampella. Besides offering a look back at the case as it has progressed so far and what caused it to happen in the first place, Bastian explains why this case is so fascinating to legal eagles. Here's a sample (I encourage you to go and read the whole thing):
"This case touches on many legal issues that have been bubbling within the game industry. As games have become more and more expensive to produce, more developers have been acquired by large publishers. The people who code the game are going to want the biggest return on their work possible. The publishers who finance the operation want the lion’s share too, as they make the investment and take on the risks involved with marketing and selling the game worldwide. Added to this already volatile mix is the turf war between developers like EA and Activision. Their ability to continue has everything to do with attracting great development talent and holding properties people will buy again and again."
The case will be taken up by the courts again in May. Check out the rest here.