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Kotick Responds To Infinity Ward Departures

May 7, 2010 Written by Mike Hartnett

Over the past month or so, many of us have played spectator to what may now be known as the fall of Infinity Ward. Many have sought someone to blame for this, with nearly everyone pointing their finger in the direction of Activision CEO, Bobby Kotick. Well, in the midst of Activision’s Q1 financial call, Kotick set the records straight… at least we think so.

During the call, Kotick stated the following:

“Since we terminated the two executives at Infinity Ward, approximately 35 others have resigned, and it is likely a few more people will leave as well,” he said. “Many of these people have been recruited by other studios because of how talented they are.”

“The decision to terminate the two Infinity Ward executives was not done lightly, and it was not done to deprive them of their bonuses nor is it done without a great deal of deliberation about the consequences.”

“I personally consider the two of them friends, and their conduct was a compromise of our friendship, which was equally disappointing,” he added. “Once we began to understand what had occurred, there was no grey area. There was nothing to allow us to retain their services as talented as they might have been.”

The Activision CEO expects a good deal more employees to step down from their positions at Infinity Ward, more than likely because the majority of the team which they had worked with for several years are now over at Respawn Entertainment alongside former Infinity Ward heads, Jason West and Vince Zampella. Activision still seems positive though, with a combination of two companies working on the next Modern Warfare title, most likely Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer, and some pretty nice profits, despite the amount of controversy.

Stay tuned to PlayStation Lifestyle as we continue to bring you developments in the soap opera of a situation that is Infinity Ward.