So, Activision And Call Of Duty's Creators Had A Pretty Bitchy Relationship

A stack of emails released as part of the ongoing legal action between Activision and Call of Duty's creators have turned up some hilariously catty exchanges and contingency plans coming from the publisher's top brass.

Posted over on the LA Times, a 2009 email from Activision's president of publishing, Mike Griffith, mentions a plan to reward the top 12 members of Call of Duty developers Infinity Ward other than heads Jason West and Vincent Zampella, "to help ensure we retain the team if things blow up at the top. As you know, this has been a difficult relationship."

Another exchange mentions the fact that, when asked by Grifith to provide a live gameplay demonstration of what would have been Modern Warfare 2, West and Zampella apparently hung up on the Activision executive.

When informed of this, Activision boss Bobby Kotick replied "If they really did I would change their locks and lock them out of their building."

To say the Call of Duty creators and Activision enjoyed a fractured relationship is a bit of an understatement.

Activision clash with Call of Duty developers dates back years [LA Times]


    The word "hilarious" really is thrown around far too often, these days.

      The word "Hilarious" is relative to the individual.

    This lawsuit is the most entertaining thing to come out of Infinity Ward / Activision since COD4.

    Luke said fractured when he meant fractious. Probably says "for all intended purposes" too.
    Journalism forever.

      nobody cares

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          Why build when it's easier to destroy?

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    someone add the style="margin-right:10px;" to the image tag please...

      the full tag would read like this:

      Adding 10px to the right would do nothing... :D

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