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Kotick “betrayed” by Zampella and West

Monday, 27 September 2010 13:02 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Activision boss Bobby Kotick has told Edge he felt “betrayed” by ex-Infinity Ward heads Vince Zampella and Jason West.

West and Zampella were famously fired from the Modern Warfare developer in March for “insubordination.”

The pair went on to form Respawn Entertainment, who have teamed up with EA Partners for its first game, which seems to be a multi-plat title.

But Kotick says what they apparently did “shook my belief in two specific people.”

“The frustrating thing about that is, the stuff that these guys did, I never would have expected them to do,” he told Edge.

“We’re a public company, we’ve got ethics obligations, and the things they did were… I would go to jail if I did them.”

He added he knew several staff would leave Infinity Ward following what happened, but Kotick says the team is still “focused and engaged,” with 70 people still at the studio and over 5,000 resumes sent in from those who’d like to work at the studio.

Infinity Ward is currently working on another Call of Duty title, speculated to be Modern Warfare 3.

Via EG.

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31 Comments

  1. M2Kx

    Ok, that’s kinda bizarre…
    But that:
    “He added he knew several staff would leave Infinity Ward following what happened, but Kotick says the team is still “focused and engaged,” with 70 people still at the studio and over 5,000 resumes sent in from those who’d like to work at the studio.”

    Sounds promissing, looking foward to MW3 :)

    #1 4 years ago
  2. EscoBlades

    Like i said beofre….Kotick had friends??!

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Freek

    4999 were from fans aplying for test jobs, “I can haz MW3, pulease?”

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    @2 he also have a wife and kids (two daughters) if i’m not mistaken :)

    #4 4 years ago
  5. M2Kx

    (two daughters)

    pix plz

    #5 4 years ago
  6. freedoms_stain

    @4 Thai bride? :s

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Blerk

    So when are you going to tell us what they actually did, Bobby?

    #7 4 years ago
  8. KrazyKraut

    @6 XD
    Her name is Mai. She is very obsequious and keeps the house clean.

    Wtf…I would like the true story about this whole shit….but no one really wants to talk.. :(

    #8 4 years ago
  9. troyx

    didn’t actvision file trademark for “future warfare” ? i thought there next game would be that not mw3

    #9 4 years ago
  10. M2Kx

    They have three CoD Dev-Teams at the moment, I guess one of them will develop mw3 for 2011 ;)

    #10 4 years ago
  11. back_up

    they also did same things with EA

    #11 4 years ago
  12. freedoms_stain

    I was under the impression that Zampella and West were planning to take IW to EA and take the Modern Warfare brand with them.

    Dunno if that’s rooted in truth or pure speculation I read somewhere (probably here :p)

    The fact that Respawn are EA affiliated lends some support to that, as well as the lawsuit over the Modern Warfare brand.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. RETARDED VIKING

    Ha! he has my facial hair! :D

    #13 4 years ago
  14. AHA-Lambda

    @7 – exactly he can boohoo all he wants he’s being terribly vague about what they did

    #14 4 years ago
  15. G1GAHURTZ

    Totally betrayed.

    All those millions…?

    They’re meaningless.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. theevilaires

    Ok ummm can we find a different headline pic for these fuckers really? Its getting annoying seeing the same two dudes sitting side by side like they are a couple.

    WE KNOW WHO THEY ARE BY NOW!

    #16 4 years ago
  17. CptKurk

    “I would go to jail if I did them.” Is Bobby implying that the law treats him differently compared to Zampella and West?

    #17 4 years ago
  18. spiderLAW

    I wonder what happened. I know Kotick is a dick but that doesnt mean that West and Zampella are angels. They could have very well done some f’d up things too.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Shokaku

    @11 no they didnt http://www.moh-center.com/articles.php?article_id=55

    #19 4 years ago
  20. spiderLAW

    @17
    He could mean that knowing he is the BOSS (a dick one) and head of the company, had he done what they had done, he would have been ratted out for sure. Obviously there were people from IW that were attached to West and Zampella.
    And, he might not want to mention what they had done for that very reason. I know that if i were in his place, i would want to avoid having them serve time for complete idiocy. I would just want them to leave what i own alone and go out and start something new.

    Thats all just theory.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. AHA-Lambda

    kotick bashing aside for a moment i’d really like to know what they did that could send them to jail!? O_o

    cos they wanted to move to EA?

    #21 4 years ago
  22. DSB

    Old news are old.

    The theory is that West and Zampella were shopping around looking to sign to another publisher, and putting together heavy duty representation, to make sure they got as much as possible for leaving Activision.

    Supposedly Activision got wind of that, and that would be the logical explanation for security goons and all the other measures that were taken. West and Zampella claim nothing was going on.

    Nevertheless, no one has confirmed anything, except the fact that West and Zampella did get representation, and I doubt we’ll ever know unless the trial goes ahead.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. AHA-Lambda

    i wonder what gave them the idea to do so actually. Contractually they couldnt right? IW is owned wholly by activision after all.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. DSB

    @23 It’s all theory, but the idea was that Activision were pushing for more Modern Warfare/CoD stuff, and Zampella and West were looking to do something new.

    I don’t know how that holds up. They already convinced Activision to go with their idea of Modern Warfare, when the suits wanted more WW2.

    And I don’t think they were planning on bringing the company itself with them, just choice folks. The company is owned by Activision, but the people aren’t. They could’ve been looking to take some assets though, or even the Call of Duty name. I don’t know.

    It’s all rumor and speculation.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. AHA-Lambda

    “They could’ve been looking to take some assets though, or even the Call of Duty name. I don’t know.”

    I’ve heard this rumour before and thats the part i’ve never got. From a legal standpoint i can’t see how that is possible in any way O_o

    Also to play devils advocate for a second kotick did benefit from this: Acti now own the rights to CoD titles in modern warfare eras and beyond whereas before they belonged to Zampella/West

    #25 4 years ago
  26. DSB

    @25 I guess you’d try to file a suit claiming that since they were the creative minds behind the works, they were allowed to take them. Or maybe they’d argue that the works weren’t part of any active project under Activision.

    Or maybe they’d just sneak them out on their laptop. Since Activision doesn’t know every file they’re working on, they could never prove it originated in that studio.

    You can do some very crazy stuff in American courts, but you’re right, I don’t see how they would pull it off.

    As far as I know, most creative companies, whether it’s Pixar or advertising, make you sign a contract that says any thought you have under their roof, belongs to them.

    I’m not a lawyer though, thank fuck :P

    Are you sure about the rights though? I’ve never seen Zampella and Wests names on any disclaimer. The current one says it was filed in 2009. This all happened in March 2010.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. AHA-Lambda

    @26 – thats what i heard somewhere i believe it was in the zampella/west lawsuit

    http://www.gamerlaw.co.uk/2010/03/more-thoughts-on-activisioninfinity.html

    #27 4 years ago
  28. DSB

    @27 Great article.

    As I read it, they’re only argueing for creative control. As I understand that term, that just means they have the final say on how the games turn out in terms of editing content. I don’t know where it stands in terms of starting or stopping projects. They don’t own the franchise or the name, though.

    I’d guess that creative control would be terminated through their contract once they’re fired, but like the guy says, they don’t have to put their cards on the table before the trial.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. AHA-Lambda

    @28 – hmm right ok then, if thats the case zampella/west havent got a chance of getting the rights to MW in a court case imo

    in that case actv has only benfited by not paying royalties and not letting IW play about with a new IP =/

    #29 4 years ago
  30. tontsa91

    That’s how karma works, Bobby.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. DSB

    @29 Yeah. I don’t see any reason why they’d want to keep Call of Duty and not keep Zampella and West. They basically built it from the ground, and made it into a 20 million game.

    Anyone would want those guys running their studio. That’s why I find their claim of having done absolutely nothing hard to believe.

    #31 4 years ago

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  • First gameplay footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection being shown this weekend

    Homeworld Remastered Collection news and the first gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake will be revealed at PAX South this weekend. The news and video will be shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at 10.30am CST on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Twitch. Gearbox is hoping to have Homeworld Remastered released by […]

  • Latest Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video delves more into combat

    Square Enix has released its latest Orience News video for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and it provides insight into character combat styles and techniques. In the video you will see the elite combat force of Class Zero going deeper into battle to improve their skills. Combat is party-based and each of the three characters in […]

  • Something really cool happens when you finish Resident Evil HD *spoiler*

    Those who finish Resident Evil HD will be met with a really nice surprise at the end. If you wish to find out what it is on your own, DO NOT head below the break. You have been warned. According to images posted by Reddit user omeganemesis28, a thank you message from Resident Evil creator […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date “should be” announced soon

    A release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain “should be able” to be announced soon, according to the latest Kojima Station webcast. New information on the game will also be announced at the Taipei Game Show on January 31, per Game Spark (thanks, Gemtasu). “I know you’ve all been eagerly await for […]

  • Punch-Out!!, more Throwback offerings arrive on Nintendo US eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Punch-Out!!, Citizens of Earth and Part Two of the Throwback Sale. Here’s the entire update: Nintendo eShop releases Punch-Out!! (originally for Wii) – also 50% off until January 29 Citizens of Earth – introductory price of $11.99 until January 27 Breezeblox (Wii) Midnight (Wii […]

  • The Witcher Battle Arena has arrived on the App Store and Google Play

    The Witcher Battle Arena, CD Projekt RED and Fuero Games’ mobile MOBA, has been released. In Battle Arena, two three-hero teams fight it out as they try to capture and hold conquest points. The game features “no pay-to-win elements”, instead it contains a “player-friendly monetization system.” Every item and functionality can be unlocked entirely through […]

  • Second wave of Star Wars titles arrive on GOG, third wave next week

    The second wave of Star Wars titles will arrive on GOG.com today with more coming January 27. Today you can pick up the following: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Rebellion (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Empire at War: Gold Pack On January 27, the final three games of this wave […]

  • If Microsoft is serious about PC games, Xbox One should be the real Steam Machine

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  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 releases on Steam next week

    Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 will be released on Steam for PC next week. The PC version of the was announced earlier this month and contains upgraded graphics, runs in 1080p, and has both Japanese and English audio. It will release on January 28 for $14.99. Fairy Fencer F and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 also coming […]

  • Take a look at the controls and special abilities in The Order: 1886

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  • These elderly people are better at GTA 5 than you’d expect

    Do old people get video games? Namely something known for its violence like GTA? Well, you’re about to find out. The latest REACT production sits a few elderly men and women in a room and lets them play GTA 5. The results are not what you’d expect, they start off getting a feel for the […]

  • More major Microsoft titles will be coming to PC

    Microsoft will bring more of its franchises to PC. Following on from yesterday’s big Windows stream, Microsoft has released a full recap on Xbox Wire. In the blog post, the firm hid a small bit of news revealing that Fable Legends will not be the only title to come to PC. “Today we announced that […]

  • Someone is attempting to recreate Dark Souls’ Lordran in Minecraft

    Lordran, the land of the ancient lords will soon be explorable in Minecraft thanks to a passionate modder. Davweed is a talented modder attempting to recreate the entire world of Lordran in Minecraft. Lordran is the land where the entire Dark Souls game is set. The goal is to make it a 1:1 scale of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous is getting Community Goals with update 1.1 – all the details

    Patch 1.1 is Elite: Dangerous’ first major update. Developer Frontier has detailed Community Goals, the big change coming with the patch, and more. We were told last week that big additions are coming with patch 1.1, due in February. Today, we learn in more detail what those features are. Namely, what the developer is calling […]

  • Sunset Overdrive, Skyrim and Dead Rising 3 highlight this week’s Deals with Gold

    A new week, a new set of deals for Xbox Live Gold subscribers and we’ve got the full list. Major Nelson posted the deals which are live now and run through Monday, January 26. Highlights include Sunset Overdrive, Dead Rising 3, Skyrim, Final Fantasy 13-2 and more. Check the full list below. Xbox One Dead […]

  • Survarium: 10,000 FREE Premium account keys to give away

    We have 10,000 codes to give away for MMOFPS Survarium, granting the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver coins. Each key gives the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver in-game currency. A Premium account gives you 50 percent more experience, income and reputation for 24 […]

  • “I don’t like people thinking we’re doing underhanded, dirty shit,” says Evolve dev

    Despite what it looks like, Evolve developers did not intend to give out the wrong signals when it comes to the game’s DLC plan. Evolve creative director Phil Robb spoke to Destructoid in an interview that was conducted late last year about the studio’s approach to DLC, map packs and more. Robb’s idea is that […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry gets first screens

    Night Cry is coming along nicely and today we get our first look at it. Ever since the announcement of Project Scissors (at the time) last September, and then the name change to Night Cry, we’ve been waiting to see what the game looks like, especially since it’s developed with mobile platforms in mind. Today, […]

  • Tekken X Street Fighter is still happening, 40 people working on it

    Tekken X Street Fighter is definitely not vaporware. A team of 40 developers is currently working on it, according to director Katushiro Harada. Harada was interviewed by Polygon. In the interview, he touched on many topics, one of which is the status of the seemingly-never-coming-out Tekken X Street Fighter. “It’s very difficult to talk about,” […]

  • From Game of Thrones to Borderlands: all of Telltale’s adventure games rated

    Telltale Games has an impressive back catalogue of licensed adventure games to its name, and we have opinions about all of them. Note that this rundown doesn’t include bundles, the non-adventure games or games published by Telltale but created by other developers. It’s also got a fair bit of speculation in it, since at least […]

  • There is probably a new Battletoads game coming

    If you’ve watched last night’s Windows presentation you knew you recognised that logo on Phil Spencer’s t-shirt. Wearing a t-shirt with a logo of an upcoming game is an antic we’ve come to expect from Xbox boss Phil Spencer now. Based on that, we wouldn’t be alone in predicting that a new Battletoads game is […]

  • Here’s a short, 60fps trailer for DmC: Definitive Edition

    DmC: Definitive Edition has a new video available that shows the game running at 60 frames-per-second. Capcom has put out a short new trailer for the Definitive Edition of DmC: Devil May Cry that takes a look at different stages and boss fights. The video begs to watched in 1080p60 quality, if your connection can […]

  • Xbox One to PC streaming targeting 1080p, 60fps

    Microsoft has revealed that it’s looking to achieve 1080p resolution at 60 frames-per-second when the Xbox One game streaming launches later this year. The question of what final resolution and framerate Xbox One game streaming will operate at was on a lot of people’s minds when the demo was shown. Thankfully, Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra has […]

  • Microsoft is looking at offering PC to Xbox streaming

    Having announced Xbox One to PC streaming as part of its Windows event last night, Microsoft said that making the process a two-way street is on the cards. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer sat down to do a group interview following the Windows event and talked a little bit about the firm’s plans for streaming, including a […]

  • Watch John Romero play Doom

    John Romero made DOOM, and now you can watch him play it, dropping many a delightful gem of insight regarding one of the most important shooters of all time. This video was organised by Double Fine as part of its Devs Play series, a thing I only just discovered and now want to marathon all […]

  • World of Speed has gotten fairly pretty over the past year

    World of Speed has produced a new trailer, showing off the racing MMO’s progress over the past year. Announced one year ago, World of Speed is looking pretty damn shiny now. Check it out in this trailer, which introduces the Mountain Spiral Road location and teases several yet to be revealed. World of Speed comes […]

  • Minecraft user data leaked in plain text – change your passwords

    Minecraft users should change their passwords and those of any accounts using the same log-in details. Minecraft’s user data servers have apparently been compromised, with user names and passwords leaked online in plain text. 1,800 Mojang accounts were affected. The news comes via German source Heise and The Guardian and has been treated quite seriously […]

  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will commence filming in August

    The sixth Resident Evil movie is back on track. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will begin filming in August, having been delayed to accomodate star Milla Jovovich’s pregnancy. In a Facebook post, Jovovich said she’s currently being very mindful of gaining enough weight to ensure a healthy birth for her second child, without the risk […]

  • Nintendo bosses “do not really understand modern gaming”, says former executive

    Former Nintendo executive Dan Adelman has provided frank insight into the Japanese platform holder’s inner workings. Adelman, who was one of Nintendo’s most important developer liaisons, left in August 2014. One of the first things he did was say that Nintendo had issued a gag order on his social media use, and shortly thereafter called […]

  • Sony’s 10% apology discount doesn’t apply to pre-orders

    Sony has updated the terms and conditions of its apology discount to exclude pre-orders. PSN members have been offered a 10% discount voucher as an apology for downtime over the holidays due to DDoS attacks. In an update to the PlayStation Blog announcement post, Sony clarified that you can’t use this for pre-orders. So. That […]

  • 343 to beta test Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking fix

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection is still broken, believe it or not. The next Halo: The Master Chief Collection update is, like most of the others so far, designed to resolve the shooter collection’s ongoing matchmaking woes. 343 Industries is determined to get it right, apparently, as it’s gone so far as to elect to […]

  • Here’s the release schedule for Star Citizen’s story and first-person modules

    Star Citizen lead Chris Roberts has shared release windows for several modules of the space simulation sandbox. Star Citizen was the focus of a BAFTA Masterclass presentation yesterday, during which Roberts outlined the game’s current development milestone goals. Polygon captured the details. The first person shooter, planetside and social elements on the game are expected […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End Hard Mode has already been beaten

    Destiny’s toughest challenge got extra tough today, but a troop of willing Guardians stepped up to the line of duty. Destiny developer Bungie has verified the identities of the first Guardians to beat hard mode for the Crota’s End raid, which launched earlier today. Bungie User Research has confirmed the World First finishers for the […]

  • All maps and modes for Battlefield Hardline detailed

    A third map and mode has been announced for Battlefield Hardline which means all modes and maps have been revealed. The new mode is Crosshair, a second competitive mode in which a former criminal “turned state’s witness” is on the run. His former buddies, who are criminals, are trying to kill him and the cops […]

  • Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies

    Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies, Creative Assembly and SEGA announced today, and probably in joyous fashion, although PR mails never denote the writer’s mood. The quote included from creative lead, Alistair Hope does sound as though he is super pleased with the milestone. “It has been fantastic to watch the reviews come […]

  • Fable Legends launching on PC alongside Xbox One with cross-platform play

    Fable Legends was announced for PC today during Microsoft’s Windows 10 event, along with the news it would contain cross-platform play with Xbox One. The game will allow you to play with up to four of your friends online across both platforms. A video from the team at Lionhead, which goes into more detail, was […]