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Author Topic: Activision Cites Infinity Ward "Insubordination"
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Posted: Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2010 03:21 am
Jason West and Vince Zampella, two lead developers at Infinity Ward, met with Activision earlier today. Then they seemed to disappear and "bouncer-types" showed up at the studio. This Activision filing might explain why.

"The Company is concluding an internal human resources inquiry into breaches of contract and insubordination by two senior employees at Infinity Ward," Acitivsion states in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. "This matter is expected to involve the departure of key personnel and litigation. At present, the Company does not expect this matter to have a material impact on the Company."

Activision also adds that it will be releasing another Call of Duty game this year. That game is believed to be developed Treyarch.

According to West's Facebook and Linked In pages, he is currently no longer working for Infinity Ward.

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Posted: Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2010 07:18 am
very interesting news...indeed

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Posted: Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2010 07:27 am
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very interesting news...indeed

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Looks like someone was right
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Posted: Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2010 08:02 am
I'm telling you all now, IW didnt have anything to do with this IWnet poo-poo, it was all activision, and I bet activision had more up their sleves and IW didnt want to do it, hence this "insubordination" BS they are getting themselfs into.

Insubordination? I wonder what orders they refused to follow or actively ignored. An insubordination charge implies that West and Zampella didn't just refuse to follow Activision's directives when asked but actively disregarded Activision's directions for some significant period of time. That is, it's not just Zampella and West told Kotick "flick you!" but rather ignored or undermined Activision's orders for some period after receiving those orders.

This is really interesting stuff, thanks for posting.

I cannot flicking stand publishers, seriously, they are like the bane of the game industry, EA/Activision.

Fair enough they make your game idea reality, but they want to much power over YOUR idea, rather then giving you the funding and letting you meet the milestones and impress them.
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Posted: Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2010 09:05 am
Quick Foyle, sieze the opportunity here and apply to make COD games in IWs place!

ModsonFinity... no ? not at all? sure?

pfft
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Posted: Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2010 10:00 am
interesting stuff ! will follow that situation , see what else comes too light
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Posted: Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2010 10:05 am
My theory - I bet this has more to do with Bad Co 2 and DLC then people might think. Now this is all speculation, but Activision, and EA are in a blood feud right now and what is the one thing that would hurt the Bad Co 2 release more then anything, CoD MW2 DLC. Activision knowing this probably came to IW and demanded the DLC they are working on to be released at or before Bad Co 2's release, reguardless of quality. The leads at IW no doubtedly denied knowing it wasnt up to their standards and they wouldn't release sub par/ buggy content. Activision calls it insubordination and fires the leads so they have full control of the dev house and rushes to release the DLC next week so they can cut Bad Co 2 off before it has too much success and runs of with a couple million of their players.
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Posted: Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2010 10:19 am
The more I read into this it makes me think it some kind of a crazy publicity stunt.

Security guys showing up, studio heads disappearing and staff members "freaking out"...really? It's a game studio not Stalinist Russia.

It's fairly obvious IW wants to move on to a new title and genre, I wonder if this is a "Win back the fans" plan by claiming its Activations fault. I am looking forward to see what news follows.
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Posted: Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2010 10:26 am
@ the DLC angle

possibly , personaly , i cant see a few DLC maps stopping the mass exodus of mw2 players to BFBC2 !

from the PC side of things the only thing that may keep us from jumping ship is dedi servers and mod tools , dont see that happening !

this may not even be the result of anything to do with the game , they may have just refused to pay for lunch at a meeting or somthing lol , who knows but if it goes into a legal battle who knows what dirt will start to fly !

edited on Mar. 2, 2010 12:28 pm by BlackJack_Jonny
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Posted: Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2010 10:34 am
Welshy writes...
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The more I read into this it makes me think it some kind of a crazy publicity stunt.

Security guys showing up, studio heads disappearing and staff members "freaking out"...really? It's a game studio not Stalinist Russia.

It's fairly obvious IW wants to move on to a new title and genre, I wonder if this is a "Win back the fans" plan by claiming its Activations fault. I am looking forward to see what news follows.


How does it seem obvious?
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