Even more news coming out of Activision vs Infinity Ward scuffle, except this one not as aggressive. You might even be able to sense some remorse from it. According to Thomas Tippl, Activision’s COO, the company rewarded Infinity Ward handsomely with “millions of dollars”.
Tippl went on to say:
“We treat our developers extremely well. We have an independent studio model that provides them a lot of creative freedom while we take care of the back office stuff so they can focus on making games. If their games are successful, they are compensated better here than anywhere else.
We’ve been paying our talent millions of dollars for their work. Our setup provides a win-win opportunity. We ensure your work will reach a wide audience. Therefore, we have attracted, and we will continue to attract, the top talent in this industry.”
I guess it wasn’t win-win, after all, seeing how things ended up turning out. Former Infinity Ward heads, Vince Zampella and Jason West, after being fired, formed Respawn Entertainment which is backed by EA. Funny enough, EA had some very choice words regarding Activision’s announcement of the success of the Stimulus Package DLC that released for Modern Warfare 2 a few weeks ago: “This is kind of like announcing: The race horse I shot last month has won the Triple Crown!” Those words came from Jeff Brown, EA’s director of corporate communications, which I find ironic in just the tiniest way.
Sounds like the situation will be coming to a conclusion soon, West and Zampella have their own studio again and they’re developing for a company that will surely give them tons of money to crank out games that could possibly become cultural icons of their own accord.
Source: Kotaku, CVG