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Rumour – Security shows up at Infinity Ward, studio bosses not seen [Update]

Tuesday, 2nd March 2010 05:20 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Update: Kotaku‘s found a status message from one of the studio’s bosses Jason West from his Facebook. It says he’s no longer at Infinity Ward.

“Jason West is drinking. Also, no longer employed.”

Update 2: West’s LinkedIn also shows his role at IW as in his “Past” section, as seen here. Thanks, Psychotext.

Update 3: Oh boy. G4′s just updated its piece, saying Activision’s filed to the SEC citing a human resources investigation into “into breaches of contract and insubordination by two senior employees at Infinity Ward.”

“This matter is expected to involve the departure of key personnel and litigation. At present, the Company does not expect this matter to have a material impact on the Company.”

While neither are directly mentioned, it’s safe to assume it’d be about those two. And the formentioned meeting could have been about that. Find the SEC filing here. The mention is on page 131.

Original Story: According to a report from G4, security has shown up at Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward for what’s starting to look like very shady reasons.

A source told the site that when asked why the bouncers had turned up at the studio, they wouldn’t say why, but it is thought that studio heads Vince Zampella and Jason West have not been seen at the developer since a meeting with Activision today.

To add further into the story, it was said that the relationship between the studio and publisher has been described recently as “tense”.

The site’s source also said Infinity Ward, as it is, is currently in a “freaked out” and “confused” state.

If this is true, it’s quite concerning. But do take with a truckload of salt.

Most recently, the studio has been prepping for the release of theĀ  first DLC for Modern Warfare 2, due this spring.

But it is also thought the studio is to be moving away from Modern Warfare, and is going onto a new IP instead, sources told VG247 back in January.

Breaking news

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  1. Johnny Cullen

    I don’t quite know what to say to this…

    If this is true, is anyone actually safe from Activision’s layoffs?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Fnerk

    http://twitter.com/fourzerotwo/status/9861805310

    *strokes chin* Boston, eh? Or am I reading into that too much?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Johnny Cullen

    So am I.

    Quite an odd statement to make…

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Fnerk

    He got it wrong at first by saying Flogging Molly, which made me suspicious.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. DarkElfa

    Perhaps Acti is unhappy with some of the careless things that have happened at IW as of late.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Sethos

    It’s a publicity stunt to take some focus away from the BC2 launch, it’s so obvious.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Johnny Cullen

    Even Bowling doesn’t know what’s going on.

    http://twitter.com/fourzerotwo/status/9862284309

    Edit: Actually, things aren’t starting to look good. definitely not looking like a pub stunt. Update soon.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Yoshi

    Im with you Sethos, the cheeky lame little cunts, just ironic that it would happen the week of BFBC2 release week lol

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Johnny Cullen

    Updated.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Psychotext

    http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/comment/9/2010/03/d4f055c42ad6d832e66c1d7bc2c53aee/original.png

    http://i50.tinypic.com/2u8ckea.png

    (Note the now “past” employment title)

    Edit – Bah, beaten by one minute.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Johnny Cullen

    Updated again. Thanks duder.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. hitnrun

    Great idea, Activision.

    Because the words “Call of Duty” – a phrase that doesn’t even have any trademarked characters attached to it except the recurring name “Cpt. Price” – is more valuable than the team that makes the games. Who needs Inifinity Ward when you retain the right to name your generic shooters “Call of Duty”?

    But of course, just because the bosses were fired doesn’t mean Activision is going to lose the talent. It’s not like guys with “Developed the 2 highest grossing FPS titles of all time” on their resume are going to be able to get work elsewhere or anything.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. G1GAHURTZ

    Mo money, mo problems.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Soong

    Well if Microsoft ever wanted to start up a new development studio specialized in FPS games, now is the perfect time to start hiring available talent! :D

    #14 4 years ago
  15. kill8joy

    IT’S A HOAX.

    This has pr stunt written all over it. And it’s so lame. IW is just acting out against the new cool kid in town. It’s ok, I guess it’s fair since BF disses MW2 in a couple scenes (look it up, it’s hilarious!).

    PS- I used my MW2 copy as a preorder for BF and the guy at EB actually looked pissed. Funniest shit I’ve seen in a while. I made an enemy that day.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Johnny Cullen

    Shit’s properly hit the fan. Check the update.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. G1GAHURTZ

    I won’t hold my breath for MW3 then…

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Soong

    Rumour has it that Jason West was fired due to his alleged drinking problem.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. G1GAHURTZ

    “At present, the Company does not expect this matter to have a material impact on the Company.”

    They seem to have forgotten exactly why IW was formed in the first place.

    Yep… Looks like this is going to get very messy indeed.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Yoshi

    Lmao G1GA they obviously guna make a MW3 even if some get fired, they’ll still shit 1 out

    #20 4 years ago
  21. G1GAHURTZ

    Ashcraft and me are thinking along the same lines in this case.

    @ Yoshi:

    Yeah, I suppose Acti will just get Treyarch to do it now or something, but I meant an IW made MW3.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Bulk Slash

    I wonder if Activision demanded IW make Modern Warfare 3 and the studio heads just said “no”, so Uncle Bobby Kotick sent his goons over to get rid of the troublemakers. Now the Call of Duty conveyor belt can continue churning out sequels unimpeded.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Blerk

    I’m not having a day off again. It’s too dangerous!

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Petulant Radish

    A drinking problem in the states constitutes having a few pints after work every day and a bottle of vodka with breakfast, and what the hell is wrong with that? Mormons!

    #24 4 years ago
  25. dirigiblebill

    Wonder why Zampella got the boot then? He’s a nice chap.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Blerk

    Pork scratchings addict.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. dirigiblebill

    Pork scratchings = predominantly UK fetish. I think you have to be over 25 to eat them in the US, anyway.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Blerk

    My pal once opened a bag down the pub and it contained three pork scratchings in total. Two normal sized ones, and one huge one featuring a complete (and rather hairy) nipple. He didn’t eat it.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. dirigiblebill

    It pains me to say this, being an emancipated man and all, but – what a girl. Hairy nipples are the pork industry’s equivalent of Willy Wonka’s Golden Tickets.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. G1GAHURTZ

    Maybe Acti wanted someone else to do MW3 after all…

    Maybe they told IW to hand all MW2 code over to the new guys…

    Maybe IW said ‘no way Kotick! This is our game!!’…

    Maybe Kotick said ‘I’m the boss! You’re nothing without me! Just remember that WE made YOU, not the other way around!’…

    Maybe IW threatened to leave Acti like they left EA…

    Maybe Acti decided to get rid of the ‘trouble makers’ and ‘nip it in the bud’ quickly…

    Maybe I’m just speculating…

    Maybe I’ll go and play some MW2 while I think about it…

    #30 4 years ago
  31. The Hindle

    Woah these guys are the main force behind Modern Warfare without them it will be shit.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Hunam

    Heh, IWard had a good run but the thing that made people love them is the studio and with new management replacing long term team members will no doubt dilute the studio and I think even cause a lot of the people their to walk out with their bosses and start a new studio like they did at 2015.

    Then again, maybe they were a problem and them thinking themselves indispensable and thus shirking their responsibilities could be the exact reason. I guess we all just assume (usually correctly) Activision are just being dicks, but we don’t know the whole story.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Goliath

    This is going to be a shit storm, like an ugly divorce with so much money involved.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Dralen

    Big FPS developers would be fools to not and try and hire these guys.

    #34 4 years ago