Maybe violent games really do make people aggressive: Activision has fired two senior employees of the studio behind Modern Warfare 2, citing insubordination.
In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Activision says that it’s booted out two of the senior staff at Infinity Ward, which it bought in 2003.
“The Company is concluding an internal human resources inquiry into breaches of contract and insubordination by two senior employees at Infinity Ward,” reads the filing. “This matter is expected to involve the departure of key personnel and litigation.”
The two are believed to be president Jason West and co-founder Vince Zampella. Zampella has criticised Activision’s strategy in the past.
The rift could lend credence to rumors that another studio is working on Modern Warfare 3.
A source told gaming site G4 that West and Zampella had a meeting with senior Activision management yesterday – and haven’t been seen since. Since then, said the source, ‘bouncer types’ were seen hanging about. It all sounds very sinister.
The only comment from Infinity Ward comes in the form of a tweet from creative strategist Robert Bowling, which reads: “I should also say, while I appreciate all the calls, tweets, messages and hearing my ringtone a lot. They’re in vain – as I have no info.”