Activision CEO: "No Choice" But to Fire Infinty Ward Execs

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I think everything that can be said has been by my fine, fellow Escapists.

One tip, Mr. Kotick:

If you are going to fire 2 Executives, don't do it right after they made you enough money to buy a goddamned island, and for fuck's sake don't do it right before they're supposed to get their bonuses. Jeez.

Andy Chalk:
"I personally considered [West and Zampella] friends,"

Wait, you expect us to believe you have any friends but money after all the comments you made, Kotick?

Andy Chalk:
"I personally considered [West and Zampella] friends," he added.

This just makes Kotick seem even more pathetic because i'm damn sure they didn't consider him a friend ;D

You can only imagine Kotick is completely anti-social.

Demon ID:

Hubilub:

Andy Chalk:
"I personally considered [West and Zampella] friends,"

...

Remind me never to mess with Kotick again.

If that is how he treats his friends, I do not want to know how he treats his enemies...

I expect he acts alot like Mr Devon Banks, thats how i've always pictured him. Hell this is how I imagine the conversations between him, West and Zampella went:

It's nice to know that they have a new company and I hope that the next game they make is better than MW2, that really knocked my confidence in them.

dude what movie is that from ? hilarious scene :D .

OT: bobby wants people to feel sorry for him because he lost 2 friends D:, i aint buying it.

Yeah, they've only got the biggest selling franchise in gamings recent history...[/quote]

And? It's pretty formula based.

Translation: I wanted their money, and now it's backfired, so here's what *really* happened. Honest.

D_987:

HSIAMetalKing:

Andy Chalk:

Infinity Ward remains "the top destination for development talent in the video game industry," Kotick said

Get over yourselves-- all you've got is Call of fucking Duty.

Yeah, they've only got the biggest selling franchise in gamings recent history...

Yeah, which means they aren't the "top destination for development talent in the video game industry"-- just the top destination for people who want to make more Call of Duty for people who want to play more Call of Duty.

it's funny how he talks about friends xD
i wonder what it's like to be his 'friend' xD

Christ, who do we believe? It looks to me that both parties are pathetic.

Kotick: Let's only deal in IP's that we can make a multiple game series out of. Let's sell games that involve forcing people to buy expensive plastic crap as controllers. Oh and legal, please try to prevent bonuses from being paid!

West and Zampella: Oh we weren't talking to anyone else. Disregard that we almost immediately signed on with EA. Oh and please forget that we consolized the pc version of COD: MW2 therebye making it impossible for users to create maps. Then we sell a map pack for $15!

As far as I'm concerned, both parties can go to deepest depths of hell.

Hubilub:

Andy Chalk:
"I personally considered [West and Zampella] friends,"

...

Remind me never to mess with Kotick again.

If that is how he treats his friends, I do not want to know how he treats his enemies...

Again?

phoenix352:

dude what movie is that from ? hilarious scene :D .

OT: bobby wants people to feel sorry for him because he lost 2 friends D:, i aint buying it.

That's not a movie, that's the super-awesome tv-series 30 Rock.

WATCH IT!

TheRealCJ:

Hubilub:

Andy Chalk:
"I personally considered [West and Zampella] friends,"

...

Remind me never to mess with Kotick again.

If that is how he treats his friends, I do not want to know how he treats his enemies...

Again?

I... uh...

What now? I'm confused.

Andy Chalk:

Kotick also claimed to be distressed by their behavior on a personal level. "I personally considered [West and Zampella] friends," he added. "Their conduct was a compromise of our friendship, which was equally disappointing."

Awww, poor baby. I wonder if West and Zampella thought he was their friend when he WITHHELD THEIR PAY?

I think I know why Kotick had no choice. The conversation went a little something like this:

K: "We should rip everyone off on this future map pack."

W&Z: "We were thinking that we should maybe give it away for free, or at very least a discount, as more of a thank you for making us the best selling game of all time."

K: "You are fired." *to protect the company's assets and the interest of our shareholders*

Thats what I get out of it anyway.

Hubilub:

TheRealCJ:

Hubilub:

Andy Chalk:
"I personally considered [West and Zampella] friends,"

...

Remind me never to mess with Kotick again.

If that is how he treats his friends, I do not want to know how he treats his enemies...

Again?

I... uh...

What now? I'm confused.

it's like messin with sasquatch. fun until he tosses you through a window

Ha Ha Ha Ha.

Bullshit.

HSIAMetalKing:

Yeah, which means they aren't the "top destination for development talent in the video game industry"-- just the top destination for people who want to make more Call of Duty for people who want to play more Call of Duty.

What an idiotic statement - I could apply that to any studio in the world - "It's the top destination for people who want to make more of game X"

And later he'll be having lunch with his good friend Donald Trump.

aaronmcc:
His lawyer is gonna bust a blood vessel. He pretty pretty much just said the decision was also a personal one. Your lawsuit just turned up shit creek mr. kotick. keep your mouth shut next time.

Precisely what I was thinking. The lawyer representing West and Zampella is going to have a field day with this.

D_987:

HSIAMetalKing:

Yeah, which means they aren't the "top destination for development talent in the video game industry"-- just the top destination for people who want to make more Call of Duty for people who want to play more Call of Duty.

What an idiotic statement - I could apply that to any studio in the world - "It's the top destination for people who want to make more of game X"

Yeah you could, but the statement would only be ironic if said studio produced only one series of games in one genre and then claimed that they represent the epitome of the gaming industry.

HSIAMetalKing:

D_987:

HSIAMetalKing:

Yeah, which means they aren't the "top destination for development talent in the video game industry"-- just the top destination for people who want to make more Call of Duty for people who want to play more Call of Duty.

What an idiotic statement - I could apply that to any studio in the world - "It's the top destination for people who want to make more of game X"

Yeah you could, but the statement would only be ironic if said studio produced only one series of games in one genre and then claimed that they represent the epitome of the gaming industry.

Ah, but he didn't say that - he said it was the top destination for talent - which to an extent it was /is (based on name and IP rights alone); look how many experienced people have left, and look at their credentials. In an industry like this many of those peoples skills will be based on the projects they have worked on - and in working on the most successful game ever they could be seen as being at the top of their trade - thus his statement is correct.

D_987:

HSIAMetalKing:

D_987:

HSIAMetalKing:

Yeah, which means they aren't the "top destination for development talent in the video game industry"-- just the top destination for people who want to make more Call of Duty for people who want to play more Call of Duty.

What an idiotic statement - I could apply that to any studio in the world - "It's the top destination for people who want to make more of game X"

Yeah you could, but the statement would only be ironic if said studio produced only one series of games in one genre and then claimed that they represent the epitome of the gaming industry.

Ah, but he didn't say that - he said it was the top destination for talent - which to an extent it was /is (based on name and IP rights alone); look how many experienced people have left, and look at their credentials. In an industry like this many of those peoples skills will be based on the projects they have worked on - and in working on the most successful game ever they could be seen as being at the top of their trade - thus his statement is correct.

But those people with the talent/experience/credentials/skills left, so it's not really a destination-- more of a departure point. Thus his statement is false.

Wow if he's not BS'ing the public (which he probably is) I'd hate to be friends with this guy, sounds like this guy back stabbed a lot of friends to get where he is.

...adding that their betrayal of his friendship was just as disappointing as their alleged professional misconduct.

I don't think I've laughed so hard in ages as when I read this. This man cares about "friendship"? Give me a break!

Kotick would drain the blood out of his own children if it'd make a profit... assuming he hasn't already sold their souls in the name of the Investors.

phoenix352:

Demon ID:

Hubilub:

Andy Chalk:
"I personally considered [West and Zampella] friends,"

...

Remind me never to mess with Kotick again.

If that is how he treats his friends, I do not want to know how he treats his enemies...

I expect he acts alot like Mr Devon Banks, thats how i've always pictured him. Hell this is how I imagine the conversations between him, West and Zampella went:

It's nice to know that they have a new company and I hope that the next game they make is better than MW2, that really knocked my confidence in them.

dude what movie is that from ? hilarious scene :D .

OT: bobby wants people to feel sorry for him because he lost 2 friends D:, i aint buying it.

It's not from a Movie, it's a Tv show called 30rock. In the UK you can find it on comedycentral, for the US i'm not sure but i'm guessing it will be an easy find. I would suggest you give it a try, I wasn't expecting it to be as funny as it was, certainly worth my time. :D

Mr. Kotick, you should start a diet of something other than bullshit, it's going straight to your waist.

I have a goose that lays golden eggs as my business strategy im going to take a shotgun to its head and blow it off to improve my business!

Oh shit what have i done. (to the rest of his village) the goose was going to betray me i had to kill it otherwise it was going to destroy the village.

Infinity Ward remains "the top destination for development talent in the video game industry,"

Okay, so: destination implies incoming, rather than outgoing. "Development talent" implies talented people deciding to make IW their "destination" despite persistant allegations that Activision is willing to screw over people in one of its best performing sub-divisions. And "the top destination"- not "a top", mind you, but "the top"- implies that more and better talented people are incoming to the destination that is Infinity Ward than any other development studio, despite all logic to the contrary and all suggestions that a non-trivial amount of the IW staff is jumping ship.

This, Mr. Kotick, is what is known as a huge credibility gap. And that's before we even get into the matter of it coming from, well, you, a soul much beloved in the games industry for saying things that- while hopefully misconstrued or taken in the wrong context- lead many to believe that your fondest wish is to eliminate the possibility that anyone in Activision will ever produce anything other than a sequel to a pre-existing, bankable property or eke any enjoyment out of their work ever again.

So to sum things up in a single sentence:

If you really care about your shareholders and your company's assets, now would be a good time to shut the fuck up.

Kollega:
Don't be ridiculous. I do not believe that big fat CEOs can have such thing as "friends".

In seriousness: does anybody even believe Kotick now? I don't think so.

sounds like he is covering his ass and hyping what West and Zampella "did" so that when he is finally forced to tell everyone he'll have some supporters and won't lose to many others when it is relieved that West and Zampella "spilled some water on the carpet", so to speak.

Unless West and Zampella really did something horrid, like MW3 was gonna have baby killing and cannibalism...

Of course he'd say that. He's covering up his true intentions, and based upon they way he's holding the guitar in the picture he'll want to sack that franchise next because his hellspawn children failed some songs.

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