EA: Activision/IW situation a “disappointment”

The legal battle between Activision and dismissed Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella “disappoints” rival publisher EA; the duo being caught in a legal dispute instead of making a game is ‘not a win’ for the industry, chief operating officer John Schappert said at GDC.

“I’m disappointed on a couple of fronts,” he said. “I’m disappointed because I think Jason and Vince, on the human side, are two great guys, I know them personally, they’ve done great things. And I think they’re two of the best creative leaders in our space.”

“And to think they’re going to spending their future dealing with litigation and lawyers rather than crafting the next great experience,” he added. “I don’t think that’s a win for them, I don’t think that’s a win for our industry. I think that’s disappointment.”

He continued: “I hope that they find a way to continue to make games and focus on that during this period.”

Other industry figures have weighed in on the situation as well; indie darling Braid developer Jonathan Blow has branded Activision “megalomaniacal,” while Tim Schafer has likened it to ‘an ape throwing feces‘.

Since the firings came to light just over a week ago, West and Zampella have sued the ‘arrogant and greedy‘ videogame giant. Activision itself calls the case “meritless“.