Yesterday, G4 reported that “a bunch of bouncer-types” had shown up at the Infinity Ward studio unannounced, putting the staff “on edge”. While a clear explanation was not given, it appears as though Activision is currently in conflict with two unnamed senior employees at Infinity Ward, the developer of several instalments in the Call of Duty-series, including the most recent addition Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
In a report filed with the SEC yesterday morning, the organization stated the following:
“The Company is concluding an internal human resources inquiry into breaches of contract and insubordination by two senior employees at Infinity Ward. This matter is expected to involve the departure of key personnel and litigation. At present, the Company does not expect this matter to have a material impact on the Company.”
Infinity Ward CTO Jason West is apparently involved, as he updated his Facebook profile with a message stating that “Jason West is drinking. Also, unemployed.” Furthermore, his LinkedIn profile has recently been updated to reflect that West is no longer employed as the Infinity Ward CTO. It is currently unclear who the second senior employee is, though rumors suggest it may concern Vince Zampella, the studios Chief Creative Officer.
Specific details regarding the direct cause for the action are not available at this time.