Security Guards, Emergency Meetings, and More: Infinity Ward Bosses Laid-Off Due to “Insubordination” and Breach of Contract

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FrancesTheMute

and now the new story today is Activision's plans to completely rape and pillage the Call of Duty franchise by creating a dedicated CoD business unit.

http://kotaku.com/5484026/activisions-new-plans-for-call-of-duty-include-new-developer-new-genres

 

Activision announced it will form a "dedicated [Call of Duty] business
unit that will bring together its various new brand initiatives with
focused, dedicated resources around the world." It plans to expand the
Call of Duty brand "with the same focus seen in its Blizzard
Entertainment business unit" placing a focus on "high-margin digital
online content and further the brand as the leading action entertainment
franchise in new geographies, new genres and with new digital business
models."

 

 so yeah, prepare to have the market flooded with crappy CoD games.  CoD: Exreme Beach Volleyball, anyone?

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Chef098

I didn't really care for MW2 but I love infinity ward. They are an excellent developer and they do not deserve to be treated like this....RUN INFINITY WARD RUUUUN! ACTIVISION IS GONNA GET YOU!

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Digital-Storm

I wouldn't blame this on Activision. I would blame it on Infinity Ward trying to search for a new company before the end of their contract.

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Nyarlathotep

What about the rumor saying Activision has been witholding royalty payments to Infinity Ward?

 

 

"Sheesh, It's just one man's opinion..."   -Me

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Caboose

 It's like hunting for a new job, while you're still at your current job, using your current job's internet. And applying to a new job and using your current job's contact information. It's just got cricket!

 

-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-

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Cooketh

I understand where you're coming from, but it's more specific than that. It be like looking for a new job because in 5 months you know your ganna get fired.

There's nothing wrong with talking to another company while working for a different one if you know that your contract is expiring. It's pre-emptive. The IW can't start looking the day there contract is up, then they could go a few weeks with out any publisher.

 

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Nyarlathotep

1-Smaller company develops great game.

2-Big company buys little company.

3-Big company sucks all life from smaller company to reap profits.

4-Great franchise dies and cycle starts over with new smaller company.

This happens in all aspects of our lives. When you remove the soul from something and try to replace it with money you basically take the benefits from the masses and horde it among your elite circle. Yay capitalism!

BTW- This is not an endorsement for socialism or communism, just an observation.

 

 "Sheesh, It's just one man's opinion..."   -Me

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Lummoxx

Some company does something unscrupulous, some individuals get ground up by the gears, the internet becomes all atwitter over drama and wallow in the resulting gore, decrying the evil, greedy company...

...and then the same gamers rush out the day a game from this company is released and drop $50-$60 on it, no matter how DRM'ed up it is, no matter how evil they complain the company is.

It's tiring.  It's called having the courage of your convictions.  Those of us who do, and do not buy these games because of it, are obviously a statistically insignificant minority...and it is sad.

The bottom line is, the gaming community as a whole is encouraging and enabling this behavior. 

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Phosphorous

I completely agree with you.  It's the gamers that enabled this crap.

"We wish the best of luck to everyone at Infinity Ward. Keep fighting the good fight, guys and gals."

 Seriously?  Best of Luck?  Not me, I say Karma's a bitch!  Glad to see something come back and biting them in the ass for the crap game they put out that is MW2.  I did not and will not purchase that game. 

Rule#1  Listen to the gamers and what we want for a change. 

I say good for them and this is one of THE BEST articles I've read in a while.

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snapple00

And those that call the company evil and greedy are also a tiny minority.

The majority of people who bought the game don't care at all. They just know Call of Duty is supposed to be great, so they bought it.

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Cooketh

This a stupid move by activision. Short of stealing company money, there's not much justification for firing the heart and soul of the COD franchise. And appointing new men to head the franchise in this fashion, yeah you're damn right its fishy.

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Cruzg10

maybe they were caught playing COD4:MW2 instead of working and being productive.

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Danthrax66

You have it all wrong the bosses were caught setting up a dedicated bad company 2 server on work computers.

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Digital-Storm

LMFAO I wouldn't blame em!

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Neufeldt2002

Another publishing company that has gotten to big.

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South East Lond...

I’ve never liked Activision and this has given me further evidence to not like them, I think if the rumours are true and they are withholding royalties then surely that is illegal? <a href="http://uk-locksmith.co.uk/south-east-london.html">South East London Locksmiths</a>

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