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More Departures from Infinity Ward

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 27, 2010

So, is this a case of a parent company killing the goose that laid the golden egg?

Five More Out at Modern Warfare Studio Infinity Ward

It’s really tough to tell who’s at fault here – I’m sure the courts will be deciding that for a while. I don’t know if West and Zampella were being total jerks and forcing the issue. But part of me does look at Activision and say, “Hey, you know, this is what happens when you decide to put all the value in your IP and none in your people.”

UPDATE:  It gets worse. Infinity Ward employee group suing Activision over unpaid royalties.  Dunno if it’s true or not (we won’t know for a while), but it is more than just plausible. It is unfortunately too common.  The flip side is employees getting laid off just before they become entitled to royalties / bonuses / profit sharing.

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  • TooMad said,

    One article I had read said the West and Zampella were intentionally dragging their feet and were more concerned with their new company and IP than doing the jobs their were being paid to do. As for not caring about their people? The same article also said that West and/or Zampella withheld bonuses handed down by Activision for the overwhelming success of MW2. If that were to prove true I would be much more pissed off at West and Zampella than Activision.

  • Dave said,

    This is smelling more and more like Activision took a gamble with the bonus structure and now they’re stuck paying far more than they ever thought they would. Sadly enough it’s too common that a business will just refuse to honor a contract.
    Also, I can confirm that companies will just cut you loose instead of paying you a bonus. I call bs on their “paper trail” on West and Zampella because the same thing was done to me at a different company. Vague accusations and winks and nods, but nothing substantial. Whatever excuse to cut you out of the bonus pool.