Huge Conflict Between Activision & Developer Infinity Ward
March 2, 2010 at 11:54 am by srfto
Big drama today with publisher Activision and ‘Modern Warfare 2′ developers Infinity Ward. As of today the two company has been on a “tense” relationship with each other, since the time Activision had two mysterious men going into Infinity Ward studios.
Activision already filed a SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) to conduct an internal investigation on the “breaches of contract and insubordination” by two senior employees at Infinity Ward. The two top employees was none other than the head Chief Creative Officer of Infinity Ward Vince Zampella and President Jason West. This whole ordeal ended with Jason West and Vince Zampella being fired from Infinity Ward and it’s been confirmed by Jason West on his Twitter page that he is unemployed and Vince Zampella updated his unemployment status on his Linkedin page also.
Tim Schafer head of Double Fine studios also had a legal battle with Activison over their game ‘Brutal Legends’, which was dropped by Activision’s lineup, however, Activision also tried to stop Double Fine from releasing the game themselves.
Brutal Legend’s Tim Schafer had this to say on his Twitter account on the Infinity Ward controversy,
“Getting mad at Activision for this kind of thing is like getting mad at an ape for throwing feces. It’s just how the beast communicates.”
No reports on where Infinity Ward will be at this point, since both their top head officers are gone from the company. Even the go-to-guy Robert Bowling has no info on this matter as of now stating on his twitter, “I should also say, while I appreciate all the calls, tweets, messages and hearing my ringtone a lot. They’re in vain – as I have no info.”
[Update] It is reported that Infinity Ward has not recieved any royalties at all for Modern Warfare 2 and also Activision filed SEC was probably because Infinity Ward was believed to had discussion with rival publishers for signing a new agreement since the contract with Activision will be up in October. via. [Bingegamer]