Activision, the world’s largest publisher, didn’t take a royalty lawsuit from Jason West and Vince Zampella sitting down. The company lashed out against the departed duo this afternoon in a wordy press release saying it was “disappointed” with the lawsuit and felt it was “merit-less.”

“Activision is disappointed that Mr. Zampella and Mr. West have chosen to file a lawsuit, and believes their claims are meritless,” the company told games site Kotaku today. “Over eight years, Activision shareholders provided these executives with the capital they needed to start Infinity Ward, as well as the financial support, resources and creative independence that helped them flourish and achieve enormous professional success and personal wealth.

“In return, Activision legitimately expected them to honor their obligations to Activision, just like any other executives who hold positions of trust in the company. While the company showed enormous patience, it firmly believes that its decision was justified based on their course of conduct and actions. Activision remains committed to the Call of Duty franchise, which it owns, and will continue to produce exciting and innovative games for its millions of fans.”

This back and forth is only going to get muddier and more dramatic as the weeks unfold, are we ready?

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Eddie Makuch is a Blast staff writer. Reach him at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch.

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