Activision CEO on firing West and Zampella
Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision, recently released a few statements regarding the recent firing as subsequent lawsuits regarding two former employees, Jason West and Vince Zampella. After learning that they were going to leave Activision, breaking their contract, and join EA, Kotick fired them in 2010, following which there developed a lawsuit regarding royalties for Modern Warfare 2 that was settled recently.
In a statement to the New York Times for a profile, Kotick stated:
"You find out two executives are planning to break their contracts, keep the money you gave them and steal 40 employees. What do you do? You fire them."
He mentioned that the decision was easy once he had learnt of the plans of the two employees.
Furthermore, he also stated in the profile that he did not wish for a Call of Duty movie to be released, despite offers from Hollywood, namely because videogame movies have an extremely bad track record, and it would not be popular. That is definitely true, although some might argue that recent Call of Duty games are indistinguishable from movie-length cutscenes anyway.