Kotick Feels “Betrayed” By Infinity Ward

September 28, 2010 Written by Max Murray

Bobby Kotick, voted the least liked man in recent video games history, spoke briefly in regards to what the creators of the Call of Duty series had done in the past. According to Kotick, Vince Zampella and Jason West not only broke ethical boundaries, but could have easily served jail time.

The Activision Blizzard CEO spoke a bit about the downfall of Infinity Ward, and how his decision and their removal from the development team was unavoidable.

"When you’re betrayed by your friends, what do you do?"

“The frustrating thing about that is, the stuff that these guys did, I never would have expected them to do. We’re a public company, we’ve got ethics obligations, and the things they did were… I would go to jail if I did them.”

He then added:

“You can’t use the company and the company’s assets for your own personal benefit, and you can’t use the leverage that you might have for personal benefit – you’re not allowed to do that! And so we didn’t have any choice.”

Bobby Kotick concluded with some details regarding his involvement in the incident:

“It’s one of those things where you get personally disappointed in people you trust and call friends. When you’re betrayed by your friends, what do you do?”

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