I always knew giant, crazy lawsuits were filled with an endlessly confusing array of inanity and contradiction.

During the most revealing interview yet with former Infinity Ward bosses Jason West and Vince Zampella (and their lawyer, Robert Schwartz), we find out that Activision blamed the duo for not making Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 more popular. That's right, more popular.

According to Zampella, Activision said MW3 "would have been a much better game and would have made $700 million more for them and they want us to pay that." West added with a comic jab- "We deprived them of our services by being fired and therefore we owe them money." Schwartz chimed in by saying that Activision supposedly has an "expert" that is going to testify that West and Zampella (and the 40 who left the team) "made better games for less money than anybody else at Activision." If they hadn't been fired, MW3 was expected to earn somewhere between $2.8 and $3.3 billion.

But because West and Zampella left – check that, because they were fired – the game didn't hit those insane numbers, so now Activision is going after them for the difference…? What? This is the best part of the interview:

West: I said, "Don't give me 100 million ­dollars – fire me! That would be awesome."

Schwartz: "Let me leave behind all the tech I've spent eight years working on, the 100 million dollars I've earned, the momentum in my career, my team, and let me start all over with a small team and development budget on a game I haven't even thought about that no one has seen or bought." Yeah, that's a good idea.

This whole thing is just loopy. Now, Activision did settle with EA so that's behind us but obviously, there's a ways to go. However, we're certain Activision has their side of the story, too…and we're hoping it makes a little more sense. This is about as clear as mud.

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Cpt_Geez
Cpt_Geez
9 years ago

Activision done lost their minds smdh. Didn't mw3 sell like crazy breaking all kinds of records.

friction
friction
9 years ago

Lol watch the heads roll after the fail of cod9…

tes37
tes37
9 years ago

After reading this, I'd be scared to drink the water at Activision.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
9 years ago

Despicable company, DO NOT SUPPORT THEM.

Shams
Shams
9 years ago

I can agree to that. The only thing I ever purchased published by Actifacism was a used copy of Beenox's Spiderman:Shattered Dimensions. I really wish I could support Beenox, because I do love their work, I want Edge of Time, and the next Spiderman in the works.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

Needed a 4 player shooter for my 360 other than Halo, so I picked up CoD 4 MW1 last week preowned for $20.

I no longer have any need for a new CoD. I hope really do hope this over-saturation of CoD every year comes to bite Activision in the a$$! But I bet Black Ops 2 will still sell in the millions because of the mindless number of fans it has who waste money on the same rehashed crap year after year.

Only 1 Activision game on my list, and that's The Amazing Spiderman. Even then I'm gonna wait on reviews, but I've been looking forward to a good open world Spidey game since Spiderman 2 on PS2. Spiderman 3 was terrible.

Gabriel013
Gabriel013
9 years ago

But there'll be new maps which are marginally different to the old maps!
I'll also be able to repurchase all the maps from the current game to play in the new game but with the 1% graphical improvement!

wackazoa
wackazoa
9 years ago

Sounds like a great deal. I'll take 2.

Hahaha get it… take-2…. nothing ?

leatherface
leatherface
9 years ago

WACKA, WACKA

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

Why did Bungie sign with this company?!?!? It seems so evil!!

I would rather chance it with EA before being bullied by Activision. I hope Black Ops 2 tanks in sales and Acti learn their lesson. Chances are, they won't.

Sir Shak
Sir Shak
9 years ago

Good thing they got out when they did, Activision would have harvested their organs too. Kotick sounds like the kind of guy who steals money from a beggar's jar to pay for his Ferrari to be washed. F*cking corporate leeches need to be exterminated.


Last edited by Sir Shak on 5/25/2012 12:33:33 AM

Gabriel013
Gabriel013
9 years ago

The game was stupidly successful and that still wasn't enough for them? Were there still a few more drops of blood to wring out?

DemonNeno
DemonNeno
9 years ago

Wow…! Can they really be that ignorant? This should be considered obstruction of justice on behalf of Actidiots. Either that or allow the team to burn down the headquarters.

Jed
Jed
9 years ago

I'm not exactly "in the know" about this whole situation. So, would it be stupid for me to ask Activision "If you wanted the extra profit you say you lost, why did you fire them in the first place?"?

Activision wants the money they think they could have made with West and Zampella, from West and Zampella, had Acti not fired them?

So basically, Activision is saying "I think I could have made more money if I had not fired you. Therefore you owe me that money".

HAVE WE ALL GONE MAD!!!!!!

Jed
Jed
9 years ago

Has the term "Craptivision" been coined yet?

___________
___________
9 years ago

sorry guys but i find this VERY hard to believe!
eh time will tell, but i find it seriously hard to believe this!

Deathb4Dishonor
Deathb4Dishonor
9 years ago

Have you heard half the stuff that comes out of Koticks mouth???… I can easily believe he's ignorant and greedy enough to do anything

___________
___________
9 years ago

quite concerning how gullible people have become these days!

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Yeah, it's true. Kotick "bleeds" ignorance and greed as if his name were Kotex.

wackazoa
wackazoa
9 years ago

The future of gaming. Just look at movies if you dont believe it…..

Douchebaguette
Douchebaguette
9 years ago

Aye. 'tis a sad realisation.