Sections

Rumour – EA “placed million-dollar bounty” for ex-Infinity Ward heads

Thursday, 8th April 2010 11:59 GMT By Johnny Cullen

ealogo2

According to an ex-Infinity Ward staffer, it seems EA were definitely headhunting now ex-bosses of the studio, Vince Zampella and Jason West.

A recommendation left by Jesse Heinig, production coordinator between 2004 and 2005 on Call of Duty 2, on Zampella’s LinkedIn states:

“In short, Vince hardly needs my recommendation. He’s a prime example of ‘having it all together,’ a rare commodity in the increasingly stressful and delivery-driven video game development marketplace. But don’t just take my word for it.

“Rumor in the industry is that EA placed a million-dollar bounty for snapping up any IW studio lead, like Vince. Just the fact that the rumor is out there should speak volumes about how badly people want Vince working on their products.”

Soon after Activision got rid of Zameplla and West, it was soon discovered via an internal Acti memo that the pair were in talks with EA over moving back over to the firm.

Both Zampella, West and fellow Infinity Ward founder Grant Collier founded the studio after leaving the firm when they developed several Medal of Honor games on PC under 2015 Inc, which echoed similar circumstances over the Zampella/West situation.

Zampella and West are now suing Activision for $36 million in unpaid royalties and full control of the Modern Warfare IP, with a hearing set for June.

Thanks, 1UP.

Latest

4 Comments

  1. mojo

    sounds good.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. justiceblob

    Shit if they win (which they almost certainly won’t) they would be:
    a) very, very rich (if they handle the IP properly)
    b)some of the most powerful people in the industry for taking on Activision and winning (although that may put them on some black lists)

    #2 5 years ago
  3. blackdreamhunk

    no offense what a waste of money

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TJ3Yv_vgUc

    #3 5 years ago
  4. joshua nash

    hope they win and get full control over the entire C.O.D IP, cause i don’t want acti whoring it out like they do with guitar hero

    #4 5 years ago

Comments are now closed on this article.