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This topic contains 9 replies, has 5 voices, and was last updated by  Steph 12 years, 2 months ago.

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  • #4527

    lk_
    Participant

    The makers of Finest Hour, Spark, have filed a lawsuit against Activision. As my legal knowledge is next to nought I was wondering what you guys would make of the article. Talking to a friend at Infinity Ward I was told that it could have ramifications on the release of Call of Duty 2…

    Below is an article from gamespot for the details
    http://www.gamespot.com/news/2005/08/30/news_6132290.html

  • #24465

    kyotokid
    Keymaster

    ggggr, fuck sakes, all people want to do is make games!

    *sigh*

  • #24479

    Steph
    Participant

    Talking to a friend at Infinity Ward I was told that it could have ramifications on the release of Call of Duty 2…[/quote:8ec9344147]

    Don’t know about that. With regard to the Spark v Activision US action, pm your email (or email me) and I can send you the Amicus Brief (‘opening salvo’ served on Activision by Spark, if you want :wink: ) in *.pdf

    Spark have not gone cheap on the representation, so headache at Activision – worsened by the fact that Activision did not register the development contract for confidentiality and it’s been served as evidence (hence public), I’m awaiting a copy sometime soon (as I’m following this with the IGDA’s IPR SIG)…

    I’d venture that the eventual outcome will be most interesting for the industry mechanics, not in respect of the details/merits of the case itself, but in respect of lifting the lid on publisher/developer dealings and making both ‘sides’ that little bit more warier in the future… So much so that I can’t quite surmise yet if this will be good or bad for the industry – certainly a positive step for the ‘development side’ in the short-term (i.e. “small but not afraid to shoot if you f*ck me up” -type approach), but longer term… :?

  • #24536

    obscure
    Participant

    Judging from the discussions of this topic on TCE it seems that (as always) there are two sides to each coin. The developer (or at least their staff) seem to have done some very stupid things along the lines of taking EA IP for Medal of Honor. It also appears that the team were unable to produce parts of the product to an accetable standard and that another developer had to be brought in. It seems Activision feel the developers failings were enough to warrant cancelation of their deal while the developer doesn’t. As is often the case it will be up to the courts to decide.

    Steph – could you point me toward a source for that contract?

  • #24538

    lk_
    Participant

    Aye I sent you a pm steph too. Cheers.

  • #24550

    Steph
    Participant

    @lk_ – emailed you

    @Dan – still awaiting copy, an issue’s popped up in that it shouldn’t have been served as it contains confidentiality clauses therein (a big ‘Ooops’ from Spark’s legal eagles, looks like initially)

  • #25968

    obscure
    Participant

    Activision have now filed a counter suit http://www.gamespot.com/news/6135204.html

    “Activision only later discovered that Allen had falsely and greatly exaggerated the role played by the Spark team in the creation, development, and production of Medal of Honor and that he had misrepresented the capabilities of Spark, whose monumental incompetence at its executive levels and inability to avoid doom without Activision’s intervention, Allen would himself later concede.”[/quote:3018e91e57] Ouch.

  • #25972

    lk_
    Participant
  • #25987

    Greenbean
    Participant

    “Allen wrote a “confidential” project review and proposal called “Looking Back, Planning Ahead.” Entered into evidence as Exhibit A–along with an e-mail from Allen”

    Is Exhibit A from this counter suit in the public domain?

  • #26008

    Steph
    Participant

    No (not yet?), but *as usual* ( :wink: ) I’m expecting great things from the IGDA SIG.

    The only interesting point about the countersuit, is that Activision have opted for a trial by jury… enter: The Big Heavy ChequeBook for Expert Witnesses :cry:

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