CEO of Activision Blizzard, Bobby Kotick, stated that thirty five others have left the creator of the Modern Warfare 2 video-game, Infinity Ward, since Activision has fired the two lead executives. More are expected to follow.
Bobby Kotick explained that a few more people are expected to leave as well, and that many of these people have been recruited by other studios because of how talented they are. He also said that they are obviously disappointed about this, and that they wish they could have convinced some of these incredibly talented people to stay.
Bobby Kotick also stated that the team at Infinity Ward today is comprised of some of the most talented people in the video game industry, and that they are incredibly well-respected group who are motivated and obviously extraordinarily capable.
Infinity Ward Co-Founders Vince Zampella and Jason West have filled a lawsuit against Activision since March 2010, when they were fired from the company for breaches of contact and insubordination. The filled lawsuit was alleging breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing and wrong termination in violation of public policy. Activision quickly strikes back at West and Zampella by labeling the lawsuit as meritless and counter-suing after that. Zampella and Jason West have then announced their new development studio called Respawn Entertainment with a publishing partnership with Activision's rival, Electronic Arts.
Numerous veterans of the Infinity Ward development studio were leaving to join Zampella and West at Respawn, some of them even filling their own lawsuits against Activision over unpaid royalties and compensatory damages.
CEO of Activision Blizzard, Bobby Kotick, explained that the decision to terminate the two Infinity Ward heads was not done lightly and that it was not done to deprive them of their bonuses, nor was it done without a great deal of deliberation about the consequences. He also explained that they did this to protect the company's assets and the interest of their shareholders. Kotick also said that he personally considered the two of them as friends, and that their conduct was a comprise of their friendship, which is equally disappointing. Once they began to understand what had occurred, there was no grey area, and there was nothing that would have allowed them to retain their services, as talented as they might have been, said the CEO of Activision Blizzard, Bobby Kotick.
Bobby Kotick concluded with the words that this is an example of their commitment to pursuing the difficult right, rather than the easier wrong, and that their actions were firmly rooted in their long-standing values of integrity and an expectation that their employees, who signed and acknowledged their code of conduct, will behave with the highest ethical standards.