Activision Exec: Our Developers Are Treated 'Extremely Well'

A top Activision executive, speaking late this week after mass defections from Modern Warfare studio Infinity Ward eviscerated morale there, defended the company's treatment of its developers, saying they're paid better under Activision than anywhere else.

"We treat our developers extremely well," Thomas Tippl (pictured), Activision's chief operating officer and chief financial officer, told the Los Angeles Times, addressing a question that asked for his thoughts on the company coming off as "a greedy corporate overlord" in the dispute.

"We have an independent studio model that provides them a lot of creative freedom while we take care of the back office stuff so they can focus on making games. If their games are successful, they are compensated better here than anywhere else," Tippl said. "We've been paying our talent millions of dollars for their work. Our setup provides a win-win opportunity. We ensure your work will reach a wide audience. Therefore, we have attracted, and we will continue to attract, the top talent in this industry."

Infinity Ward cofounders Vince Zampella and Jason West are suing Activision for $US36 million, claiming the company concocted bogus reasons to fire them and avoid paying substantial bonuses due to them the success of last year's Modern Warfare 2.

Infinity Ward haemorrhaged talent this past week as Zampella and West announced a new venture, Respawn Entertainment, under Activision rival Electronic Arts. Asked if Infinity Ward lacks leadership in light of the departures, Tippl said the studio still has "a deep bench."

"The change of guard will provide an opportunity for some of the rising stars to put their own stamp on the Call of Duty franchise," he told the Times. "In addition, we will provide them with all the resources internally and recruit talent from the outside."

Activision: 'We Treat Our Developers Extremely Well' [Los Angeles Times]


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    Reading those statements makes me think Activision should release a game on DS, called "BS Euphemisms".

    This guy could direct it!

    Polish that turd!

    “The change of guard will provide an opportunity for some of the rising stars to put their own stamp on the Call of Duty franchise,” he told the Times. “In addition, we will provide them with all the resources internally and recruit talent from the outside.”

    That says everything, right there. Activision don't care IW are turning to dust, turn to the next group of guys and say start making COD games. And as long as the cash continues to flow, they'll continue along this path.

    Words are cheap, actions and consequences prove the truth of things.

    Ugh the last paragraph... so yes, they are still gonna go with Call of Duty for Infinity Ward.

    I love the, "...they’re paid better under Activision than anywhere else."

    It's so true - but with their talent and popularity (and a lot of fans will follow them to Respawn) then EA will be able to pay them what Activision does cause they will have the 'billion dollar game' hopefully and Activision won't.

      how many of the masses would actually know this has happened. Only savvy gamers. Therefore all those people who bought COD will continue to buy COD, IW or no IW, they won't care, they'll still buy it.

      ...Then it will suck and no one will ever buy it again

    Being well paid does not necessarily mean a studio member likes being treated like shit and worked into the ground.

    Funny. When news broke that Activision had actively tried to discourage IW from producing the original Modern Warfare, even going as far as to produce focus groups to prove that it would be unpopular, Activision didn't rebuke that information then.

    Now they're trying to claim that IW was well treated?

    I don't buy it.

    Now why do I find myself not willing to give Activision the benefit of any doubt over these claims of treating their developers well? Oh yeah, that's right- because of Mr Bobby "take all the fun out of making video games" "skepticism, pessimism, and fear" "We are very good at keeping people focused on the deep depression" Kotick, that's why.

    It still makes me chuckle that EA is now one of the good guys (Or at least the lesser of two evils). What a Brave New World we live in...

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