Ever since Activision fired the two heads of its prized Modern Warfare creator Infinity Ward, video game websites and forums have gone into meltdown mode.
Here you have the world's biggest video game publisher axing Jason West and Vince Zampella, the two heads of a subsidiary that just made their parent over $1 billion with November's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Now, at least today in the media, Infinity Ward is associated with lawsuits, employee defections and general drama.
With Infinity Ward losing about a quarter of its employees following West and Zampella's firings, and a new lawsuit that has former and current staff suing Activision for unpaid royalties and bonuses, there's speculation that Activision could just opt to close Infinity Ward.
But at this point, would it even matter if Infinity Ward's name was laid to rest? What would that mean for the Call of Duty franchise, and does the average gamer -- or even average Call of Duty fan -- care? Gamasutra spoke with analysts, gamers, journalists and retail to find out.