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California Superior Court Finds Activision Publishing May Proceed With Jury Trial In Suit Against Electronic Arts

Thursday, December 22, 2011

California Superior Court Finds Activision Publishing May Proceed With Jury Trial In Suit Against Electronic Arts17:00 EST Thursday, December 22, 2011Motions Filed for Summary Judgment by Electronic Arts, Former Employees West and Zampella DeniedSANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI),  announced that the Los Angeles Superior Court has denied a motion brought by Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA) for summary judgment, thereby permitting Activision to proceed to trial on its $400 million contract-interference suit against EA..  At a hearing held yesterday, December 21, 2012, Judge Elihu Berle denied EA's motion, finding that the evidence presented by Activision supplied a basis for a jury to potentially conclude both that EA had intentionally interfered with Activision's employment agreements with former Call of Duty game developers, Jason West and Vince Zampella, and that EA had aided and abetted West and Zampella's breach of fiduciary duties to Activision.  A related summary judgment motion put forth by West and Zampella was also denied.In the suit Activision alleges that West and Zampella breached their contracts and duty of loyalty to Activision by conduct that was insubordinate and otherwise improper and that West and Zampella's misconduct was caused, at least in part, by EA's unlawful tampering.  A jury trial in the case is scheduled to begin on May 7, 2012. About Activision Blizzard, Inc.Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Blizzard, Inc. is a worldwide online, PC, console, handheld and mobile game publisher with leading positions across the major categories of the rapidly growing interactive entertainment software industry. Activision Blizzard maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea and China.  More information about Activision Blizzard and its products can be found on the company's website, www.activisionblizzard.com.SOURCE Activision Publishing, Inc.For further information: Maryanne Lataif, SVP, Corporate Communications, +1-310-255-2704, mlataif@activision.com