Up to 20 more staff could leave Infinity Ward, says Pachter

Friday, 16th April 2010 12:58 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Infinity Ward

Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has said that up to at least 20 staff could decide to leave Infinity Ward.

Pachter’s comments come as two more people, animators Mark Grigsby and Paul Messerly, left the Modern Warfare 2 developer yesterday, leaving the total amount of staff that’s left the studio up to 12 – including ex-bosses Vince Zampella and Jason West.

“We think that recent Activision share weakness has been compounded by additional departures at Infinity Ward which accelerated this week, and we expect another 10 – 20 employees to depart over the next few months,” he said in a note.

“In the past month, Infinity Ward has lost eleven employees (a designer, a lead animator, a lead artist, a lead character animator, three lead designers, two programmers, a senior animator, and a software engineer).”

He further added: “In our view, the company will likely replace the departed employees with skilled developers, and while increased competition may impact sales of future versions of Modern Warfare, we expect the company to put out a competitive product.”

Zampella and West were fired from Infinity Ward last month, but this week founded Respawn Entertainment, with its first game to be published EA Partners.



  1. mington

    Do you think that patcher will get so big that companies will change their plans just to prove him wrong

    i would

    but then again, i’m a spiteful cunt

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Pyrix

    There’s as many as 20 left?

    #2 5 years ago
  3. NiceFellow

    guess he’s going to be right for once. Now the flood has started most seem very sure to leave. Happens all the time in every industry in similar circumstances.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Goliath

    Well that’s damn near everybody, ain’t it?! Waiting for Robert Bowling to confirm he’s now the Creative Director at Infinity Ward. You know that’s what he really wants.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    Going off THESE CREDITS theres atleast a good 100 people still working there.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Caleb_LK

    @Gekidami bearing in my that on the Infinity Ward Website it says a staff of just under a hundred people (which is right now lol) Also in the credits some names are repeated once or twice I counted 96 people still left at IW.
    However, once you take away the QA guys that goes down too 83, once you take away robert browling and other acti guys it goes down to 79. When you also take away assistants it goes down more to like 68.
    Considering another 20 or more could leave that takes it down to 48.

    Sure Activision can fill in the spaces but are they really going to be as good as the originals who knows.

    #6 5 years ago

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