So there’s all the lawsuit madness surrounding Activision’s firing of former Infinity Ward big shots Jason West and Vince Zampella, but to give perspective on just how big a shot we’re talking about, there’s a little bit of hearsay from an ex employee going around that gets the imagination whirring a bit.
According to Jesse Heinig, an Infinity Ward employee from 2004-2005, there’s a million dollar bounty out for for either of the men, or any other big name from IW.
Via Zampella’s LinkedIn profile, Heinig said, “He’s a prime example of ‘having it all together,’ a rare commodity in the increasingly stressful and delivery-driven video game development marketplace… But don’t just take my word for it, rumour in the industry is that EA placed a million-dollar bounty for snapping up any IW studio lead, like Vince.”
It leaves one wondering if such a bounty exists. If it does, I’d wager the number’s gone up a bit. A cool million’s still cool, no doubt, but to rope in a man behind the best-selling game of all time? Then with the accusations about the two having a secret meeting with a rival publisher, it’s hard not to wonder what’s coming up from these guys.