Author Topic: A couple days later... time for a new dick move from Acitivision!  (Read 5175 times)

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In what seems to be a daily occurrence for Activision, the world's worst gaming company brings to you another heartwarming tale:

http://www.gamespot.com/news/6252657.html

TL;DR Activision just cleaned house and fired the heads of Infinity Ward. You know, the guys who just developed Modern Warfare 2 for them and made them a buttload of money.

Activision is no stranger to firing their employees: usually after they've just finished completing a big project for them, Activision will fire entire teams of people.
« Last Edit: March 02, 2010, 02:45:39 AM by Xizer »

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Re: A couple days later... time for a new dick move from Acitivision!
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2010, 02:03:01 AM »
This smells like exactly what they did to the Diablo staff.
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Re: A couple days later... time for a new dick move from Acitivision!
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2010, 05:54:34 AM »
So we're seriously supposed to expect reason from a company that fires the devs of their most successful game ever?

In any case, thanks Activision! I really enjoyed MW2 (to my surprise), and was worried if I had to boycott them, I'd miss out on Infinity Ward's future games. Now they won't be part of 'em, so I don't have to worry! :D

Oh, and I loved this quote from Tim Schafer:

"Getting mad at Activision for this kind of thing is like getting mad at an ape for throwing feces," said Schafer. "It's just how the beast communicates."

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Re: A couple days later... time for a new dick move from Acitivision!
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2010, 10:09:21 AM »
Tim Schafer is a comedy genius.  Activision really does suck a heck of a lot.
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Re: A couple days later... time for a new dick move from Acitivision!
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2010, 10:14:19 AM »
Maybe there is just confusion in the upper levers?

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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2010, 11:47:34 AM »
Confusion? Oh no -- this is coming from the company who's CEO said he *wanted* to take the fun out of making video games. What better way to do that than to fire people when they finish a project?
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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2010, 06:48:08 PM »
How sad.  Those poor people, and their families...
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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2010, 07:50:16 AM »
Oh, about those people who were fired from Infinity Ward?  I hear they're filing a lawsuit against Activision over unpaid royalties.

(And given how Activision has been acting recently, I don't blame 'em.)

I hope the court declares Activision guilty and pays Jason West and Vince Zampella every penny they are owed!
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Re: A couple days later... time for a new dick move from Acitivision!
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2010, 07:56:37 PM »
Ugh... they terminated them weeks before royalties were to be distributed? That's insane! I think certain higher ups in Activision are completely addled in the head.
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Re: A couple days later... time for a new dick move from Acitivision!
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2010, 02:11:47 AM »
I said it today on some forum I was on (escapist?) -- I know rocks with more active brain cells!
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« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2010, 11:53:24 AM »
Further details: http://gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2010/03/04/the-activision-lawsuit-what-it-means-and-where-it-s-going.aspx

Some people think that the two game developers were starting to look for a potential escape route by asking around at other interested companies, and that Activision perceived it as a threat and decided to go for the jugular. However, Activision hasn't come out and said exactly why they fired the two developers to their faces yet.
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Re: A couple days later... time for a new dick move from Acitivision!
« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2010, 01:24:42 PM »
I saw some mention of "insubordination", which I guess looking into other companies might be considered insubordination. Still, firing people *right* before their royalty check is due is not going to look good in court
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