Electronic Arts have been accused of "encouraging" the delay of the Stimulus Package DLC for Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the immensely popular first person shooter developed by Infinity Ward.
In the court drama involving Activision, EA and former heads of Infinity Ward, Jason West and Vince Zampella, Activision claims that they have evidence that proves EA and the two ex-Infinity Ward executives were in cahoots. Activision is claiming that EA's involvement with West and Zampella led to the deliberate delayed release of the Stimulus Package DLC for Modern Warfare 2.
Gamasutra reports that an email entitled "The Fall of IW" was sent to EA SVP of marketing Jeff Karp, EA LA general manager Sean Decker, EA Europe SVP Patrick Soderlund and EA Games label president Frank Gibeau as well as to the executive producer of the Battlefield franchise, Karl-Magnuss Troedsson.
The email from EA's senior director of global marketing Lincoln Hershberger reads, "A couple months ago, I asked Vince [Zampella] to hold back their map pack [allegedly Modern Warfare 2's Stimulus Package] until after we launched (he owes me one). Given that they've already made a billion, he was cool with that, obviously [Activision CEO Bobby] Kotick took it as being belligerent."
The Stimulus Package launched on Xbox Live on March 30, a couple of weeks after the launch of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 on March 2.
Jeff Brown, EA's spokesperson commented on the issue saying, "This was obviously sarcasm. 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."