Activision Claims They "Treat Developers Extremely Well"


Posted April 19, 2010 - By pklepek

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As the Infinity Ward exodus continues, Activision is finally speaking out.

Activision COO and CFO Thomas Tippl recently spoke with the LA Times about the continued turmoil at the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare developer and what it means for Activision's future.

"Infinity Ward still has nearly 100 people," explained Tippl, responding to the continued wave of resignations. "They’ve built a deep bench, and 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. In addition, we will provide them with all the resources internally and recruit talent from the outside."

More people may leave Infinity Ward before the internal storm calms, but Tippl doesn't believe it will affect Infinity Ward or Activision's ability to recruit top talent for future game development.

"We treat our developers extremely well," he said. "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. [...] 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."

It's believed Activision wants Infinity Ward to immediately move forward with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, a game whose troubled pre-production status is mentioned in the current lawsuit between former Infinity Ward leadership, now the founders of Respawn Entertainment, and Activision.

Source: LA Times

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Activision Claims They "Treat Developers Extremely Well"


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