reports an intriguing twist on the ongoing legal battles between Electronic Arts and Activision
and between Activision and former Infinity Ward bosses Jason West and Vince Zampella
. They have an email that was released as part of court filings that could be considered a smoking gun for Activision's claims that EA interfered in their business. On March 2, the day of the release of DICE's Battlefield Bad Company 2
, an internal email from EA/DICE's Lincoln Hershberger to other EA executives, including gaming boss Frank Gibeau, suggests that a delay to the release of the Stimulus Pack
map pack for Modern Warfare 2
was engineered with the assistance of Modern Warfare 2 developer Vince Zampella to avoid directly competing with Bad Company 2. The mail opens saying: "A couple months ago, I asked Vince to hold back their map pack until after we launched. (He owes me one,). "Given that they've already made a billion, he was cool with that, obviously (Activision CEO ) Kotick took it as being belligerent." They also have a response to this from EA spokesman Jeff Brown, who says the email was a joke: "This was obviously sarcasm," he told them. "It's clear from the email this was a joke and they never spoke. We explained this to lawyers at Activision – who apparently don't have much of a sense of humor." Thanks nin.