West and Zampella, former Infinity Ward executives, were in contact with EA executives and supposedly discussing their departure from Infinity Ward and Activision to create a new 'independent' development company. They are also alleged to have tried to withhold pay raises and benefits for IW employees, so that they would be more attracted to taking a job with their new company.
It's a poorly kept secret that the IW that existed prior to all this was not a fan of Activision allowing Treyarch to handle follow-ups in the Call of Duty series. It is Infinity Ward's baby. The new evidence also shows a text message exchange between Jason West and and IW employee, which seems to show the Infinity Ward intentionally put out a trailer for MW2 the same day as one for WaW DLC dropped.
Initially this seemed like it was just Activision being greedy by getting rid of West and Zampella. I thought they wanted to cut out the original IW employees after the ridiculous success of Modern Warfare 2 and replace them with puppets who wouldn't demand a bigger share of the revenue. However the more that comes out about this, the more I think the greed lies on the other side.
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