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Kotick Paints Black and White Picture of Infinity Ward Firings

| 17 Dec 2012 14:54
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Activision's CEO says he has no plans to allow for a Call of Duty feature film.

It's been a while since Jason West and Vince Zambella were terminated from their positions with Activision-owned Infinity Ward, and for the most part the dust has settled. But in a recent interview with The New York Times, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick spoke frankly about the earth-shaking decision to let two of the company's biggest names walk the plank.

"You find out two executives are planning to break their contracts, keep the money you gave them and steal 40 employees," Kotick explains. "What do you do? You fire them."

And that's just what he did, leading to a war of words between the former Infinity Ward employees and the company that sent them packing. West and Zampella alleged that Activision was withholding bonuses and other compensation that should already have been paid out.

His actions have been painted as the moves of a ruthless businessman, but for his part, Kotick appears careful of the moves he makes with Activision's IPs. According to the Times piece, he has repeatedly turned down offers from various Hollywood studios to create a feature film based on the Call of Duty universe because they could "taint the brand."

Source: The New York Times

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