How Activision Pissed Off Pro Paintballer Greg Hastings

Activision has lost a fan in Greg Hastings, the paintball playing pro who lent his name to two Activision-published games. According to Mr Hastings, the mega publisher not only tried to "steal" his franchise, but also his identity.

Hastings, who also has a game to promote in Greg Hastings Paintball 2 - this one's published by Majesco - tells GamesRadar of his beef with the publisher of Modern Warfare and Guitar Hero. "Within 24 hours of me shipping my PlayStation 2 game, Greg Hastings Tournament Paintball Max'd, they sent me a letter and they said, 'We feel you've abandoned your franchise, and we're going to commence making games called Greg Hastings Paintball without Greg Hastings.'"

"A billion-dollar company tried to steal my identity, and I was able to fight and regain my identity," Hastings claims. "That's why I'm on cloud nine; I fought the giant and I'm a success story against Activision."

The man behind Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball, handled by Activision's "value" division, isn't the only one happy with his legal battles against the company. A law firm representing a flight attendant in a sexual harassment case against CEO Bobby Kotick is due more than a million dollars in legal fees from the exec.

Greg Hastings hates Activision and says crazy things about Greg Hastings Paintball 2 [GamesRadar]


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    And not a single fuck was given that day

      +1 Agree

      Comment of the day. Someone give that man a prize.

    Good on him!!!!!!!!!!

    Wait a minute? There's a paintball game? lol

    Wow! The nerve of some companies!
    Just who do these big companies think they are? Thinking they can try pulling a stunt like this?

    Is this what happened to Tom Clancy? Or does he just not give a fairy's fluffer about anything that goes on with his name attached so long as generous proceeds make their way to his bank account?

      Tom Clancy doesn't even write his own books these days, they are all ghost written with his name just chucked on top. He's gotten to the point where he doesn't care anymore.

      The key difference between this case and Tom Clancy was that activision basically said 'you're fired, but we're going to keep attaching your name to our games'. In other words, a product would have been sold with his freaking name on it that he wouldn't have gotten a cent from.

      Fuck activision, seriously. Everything i hear about them is bad

        Tom Clancy's Ghost Writer? I think I saw that in E.B. a while back for $25!

      Tom Clancy is now a brand. He doesn't personally write books, movies or games. He might throw up concepts that other creative teams run with and expand upon.

      Also, Ubisoft purchased the rights to the Tom Clancy brand for all mediums apart from books and movies. They didn't steal it....

        He does throw up the plot points and the basic outlines.

        He just doesnt need to write them anymore.

    paintball games on console are as bad as that street fighter game made after the 90's movie...which was made after a game, seriously people do paintball because its a outdoor activity, if you are gonna hook up your console, you'd play real fps games.

    Wasn't that game voted one of the worst games of all time? I remember it being some sort of paintball game.
    Anyway good on him for fighting the man and winning, Activision are a bunch of wankers who think they can get away with anything, this disproves that.

    Here we are folks, the rare pissed off activision fan, im going to quietly approach him... and im going to jam my thumb in his butt hole... He'll be rightly pissed.

    Is it just me or has Activision just ass raped its own PR since November?

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