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.