In addition to being the official economic soothsayer of the gaming industry, Michael Pachter knows a thing or two about legal affairs. Actually, he has a pair of law degrees, so odds are good that he knows more than two things. Regardless, he recently sounded off to IndustryGamers
about former Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella's chances of gaining ownership of the Modern Warfare
brand form Activision through legal action
. His opinion? They've got "no prayer."
Pachter suggested that any claim the two may have had on the brand was lost when their employment was terminated
, saying, "They have never claimed that they 'own' the brand; instead, they claim that they were granted creative control over the brand under their employment agreement." Pachter added that a theoretical solution for West and Zampella would be to seek reemployment (yeah right
) under a wrongful termination claim, though he noted, "That is simply not what West and Zampella are seeking here."