Combined with his comments concerning Tim Schafer, Activision head Bobby Kotick appears to be cleaning house on all the former headlines his company has faced. Again speaking to Edge magazine [via Develop] (the front lines in his battle with both Schafer and Electronic Arts), Kotick spoke on former Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella, specifically the circumstances regarding their (and 35 other designers’) departure and subsequent opening of Respawn Entertainment over at EA.
“The frustrating thing about that is, the stuff that these guys did, I would have never expected them to do,” he said in the latest issue of Edge. “We’re a public company, we’ve got ethic obligations, and the things they did were… I would go to jail if I did them…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.”
Kotick continued, “We knew that when we had to fire Jason and Vince we were going to keep we were going to lose a lot of really talented people. That’s one of the really difficult decisions as the CEO of a company, where you step back and say, no good is going to come of this, they’re going to leave and probably have a really hard time being productive or successful ever again, and we’re going to lose some talented people, and there’s nothing we can do about it. There wasn’t…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.”