Activision responds to West and Zampella's EA deal: "It comes as no surprise"

Ex-Infinity Ward heads move to EA, Activision not surprised

Activision has sent an official response to GamePro regarding the former creative heads of Modern Warfare 2 signing on with arch-rival EA.

Jason West and Vince Zampella, who were sacked from Infinity Ward for 'insubordination' last month, today announced their new studio: the cheekily named Respawn Entertainment. The studio has a exclusive publishing and distribution deal with games juggernaut Electronic Arts.

"This agreement comes as no surprise to Activision given the myriad of improper activities detailed in the cross-complaint filed on Friday against Jason West and Vince Zampella," Activision said in a statement.

In other words, Activision is citing the distribution deal as proof of West and Zampella's improper activities during their employ.

"We look forward to continuing to work with Infinity Ward's deep bench of proven talent on exciting new projects" Activision added.

Meanwhile, Jason West has claimed to be "excited" about the move to a new studio. "Now that the team is in control of the games and brands, we can ensure that the fans are treated as well as they deserve", he stated. (A sly reference to Modern Warfare 2's beleagured PC community, perhaps?)

It will be interesting to see whether Call of Duty fans will jump on board with Respawn Entertainment; especially in regards to new IP. When Guitar Hero's original development team made a similar leap to EA, sales of their new game Rockband failed to match the established brand.

In the meantime, the battle of the lawsuits between Activision and West/Zampella rages on. Two senior developers have already left Infinity Ward after West and Zampella; we'll see who else (if anyone) follows.

Related articles:

In pictures: Modern Warfare fan-made movie

A history of gaming's biggest scandals

Infinity Ward scandal: Did Activision kill the goose that laid the golden egg?

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

GamePro staff

GamePro Australia
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?