Kotick on why firing West, Zampella was easy, turning down a CoD film

Joystiq: "Activision CEO Bobby Kotick settled a lawsuit with former employees Frank West and Vince Zampella, both now at EA, in May. Kotick fired West and Zampella in 2010, after learning they were going to bail on their contracts to join EA, Kotick said, and from there, his job was easy."

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majiebeast2157d ago (Edited 2157d ago )

"Kotick said movies based on games rarely do well with fans and could blemish the Call of Duty brand."

I think every game after cod 4 already did that.

Godmars2902157d ago

Isn't that because in almost every case directors feel that they put their own stamp on things? Which basically means straying away from the source material. Then on top of that they try to appeal to the general public all but ignoring the fan base. Also there some inherit disrespect towards games as an entertainment and art medium.

Eyeco2156d ago (Edited 2156d ago )

Its also due to the fact that most directors are not gamers to begin with, whenever a director, or producer, actor, screenwriter are involved in movie adaption of a book, they would have read the book multiple times, and understood it granted there have been some horrible adaptions but thats a testament to how well the book was revised.

When it comes to Videogames however, these guys don't play games, let alone the game they were given to adapt, I mean look at the SMB movie or Resident Evil it's clear the director and writer never played the games, thats why Video game movies always suck a$$ they completely miss the point.

MikeMyers2156d ago

Bobby Kotick; "You find out two executives are planning to break their contracts, keep the money you gave them and steal 40 employees. What do you do? You fire them,"

If only it were that easy.

It's called trying to work with talented people and not smother them or their creativity. It's not all about the dollar. They probably got sick of working within a bubble of just pumping out Call of Duty games on an annual basis. They also probably tried to convince those 40 employees there is life outside of Call of Duty. That's not stealing, that's being rational and acting like someone who got into the craft for the enjoyment and the challenge. Kotick just wants the company to keep making money by milking a popular franchise.

So what you need to do is work 'with' the people you have. You'll get far more production out of happy employees than shoving a contract in the face on daily basis and saying sorry, that's just the way it is.

Egos need to get out of the way. How about running a company that is based on staying profitable but also having a good relationship with its customers? One that respects each other.

blackbeld2157d ago

Yep, cod4 is still the best. Played last knight and still enjoy it. MW 2 & 3 are milks and BO's are terrible milky ways

Welshy2157d ago

OR! Just maybe they weren't impressed by the direction the franchise was being taken by Activision, wanted to leave and you realised that you were gonna have to pay them off a healthy sum for creating your biggest selling title Mr Kotick? Or perhaps they were still quite happy, but it dawned on you that you actually had to PAY them for their efforts on your companies game?

Nah, can't be that, you're just an average good guy who wants to honourably protect his companies assets /s

2pacalypsenow2157d ago

mw2 was good not as good as cod but after mw2 it ruined it

rpd1232156d ago

Eh, I like World at War and MW2.

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GraveLord2157d ago (Edited 2157d ago )

"You find out two executives are planning to break their contracts, keep the money you gave them and steal 40 employees. What do you do? You fire them," Kotick told The New York Times

Anyone would do the same thing....if you say you wouldn't then you're just blinded by your Call of Duty hate.

Glad they didn't do a Call of Duty film. It would have been horrible.

modesign2156d ago

you instantly lose a court case if you fire them solely on the company violating the terms of the contract, if Acti had proof of what west/zambella were doing, use that evidence AFTER the contract is up to sue them individually.

fei-hung2156d ago

I think you need to read this first before jumping to a conclusion.

Jinkies2157d ago

He looks like a squashed up sausage roll

Hufandpuf2157d ago

I was playing COD4 last night, and I am amazed at how it looks so close to war. It makes the later games look like Saturday morning cartoons.

Can't wait to see what Weat and Zampella have in store for us at EA.

Chard2157d ago

This. We should see what they've been up too early next year.

rickybadman2157d ago

Fuck Kotick. If COD was a prostitute, Kotick turned it from a $10000 a night escort into a 100/hr hooker. Five, five fully staffed studios are working on COD games right now. SMH

As much joy as the franchise has brought me, can't wait until the COD bubble burst.

pandehz2157d ago

Where do i find these 100/hr hookers?

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