Back in May, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick settled a lawsuit with former employees Jason West and Vince Zampella, both now of Respawn Entertainment. In a recent interview with the New York Times, Bobby briefly explained why Infinity Ward developers Jason West and Vince Zampella were both fired back in 2010.
- “You find out two executives are planning to break their contracts, keep the money you gave them and steal 40 employees. What do you do? You fire them,” he says.
Also, whilst many criticize the campaign of recent Call of Duty titles as being closer to a movie than a game, Bobby has shown little interest in turning it into one — and has turned down several studios’ requests. He says movies based on video games rarely please devoted fans and could taint the brand.