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Activision: More staff expected to leave Infinity Ward

Thursday, 22nd April 2010 11:53 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Activision blogger Dan Amrich has predicted that more people will “probably” leave Infinity Ward – and may just end up at Respawn Entertainment, set up by ex-heads of the MW devs, Vince Zampella and Jason West.

Speaking in a discussion on Facebook in a Activision/Bobby Kotick hate group (yes, we realize the irony), he said there was still some young talent left at the studio, despite 13 staff leaving the studio in the past couple of weeks, including the firings of Zampella and West.

“More people will probably go too, looking for new situations,” he said. “Maybe they will join Respawn, maybe not. I’m confused, because by leaving, they are giving up their bonus — and the more people that leave, the bigger the bonus gets for the people who stay.”

He also added he was in the dark over what really happened between Acti and the ex-IW heads, insisting all he knew was stuff that was already released into the public domain.

“First thing I asked myself was, “What really happened?” Why would Activision fire the guys so publicly after so much success?,” he said.

“What brought that drastic measure about? And until Activision goes to court over it or files its own legal paperwork in a countersuit or something like that, we will not know. We know one side, but like you, I am dying to learn the other.”

Activision has already filed a countersuit against Zampella and West, who are suing the company for $36 million and the rights to the Modern Warfare IP.

Amrich also said in the same discussion that there will be three Call of Duty titles within the next two years.

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12 Comments

  1. mington

    so the more people leave, the bigger the bonus for the people that stay. Thats got to be such a weird environment to work in…i’d love it, i’d be spreading hate campaigners and rumors left right and centre.

    IW employee 1: I’m considering leaving.

    IW employee 2: Yeah you should, no one likes you anyway! send me a post card mutha fucka.

    IW employee 1: You’re mean :(

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight

    @1

    While Dan may believe that the employers leaving are giving up their bonus they are actually wrong because that is what the lawsuit against Activision is for along with the rights to MW IP.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Benjo1981

    How long do you reckon current staff would need to stay in order to get the bonus payment?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. FadeLive

    @Benjo1981

    Until there is an Apocalypse or something I reckon

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Benjo1981

    Surely it can’t be a healthy situation to have a load of employees simply staying on until they get paid what is due to them?

    Wouldn’t Activision be better off just paying up, seeing who leaves, and rebuild the team from there? All these wranglings can’t be good for anyone.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. endgame

    they’re pretty stupid if they think Acti will give’em anything if they stay. :)

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Benjo1981

    @6

    Yeah, Acti are going to be so wary of paying because they’ll think that as soon as the employees get paid, they’ll scarper. I bet if they do end up paying, it won’t be until the next game is done, or something.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. blackdreamhunk

    My words are so solid, my words come to pass. So where are those people saying to me other wise. hehehe

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Gheritt White

    BDH – how has this anything to with the death of consoles or the rise of PC gaming?

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Gekidami

    Pachter totally said this. His words are solid!

    #10 4 years ago
  11. adam13

    LOL since IW is basically a game show now they should air that shit on TV…make the remaining staff members eat spiders and herpes to see who wins the bonus mwaahaha

    #11 4 years ago
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