Talisorn wrote on Apr 28, 2010, 18:29:
Hang on a sec. So he is head of "Activision Publishing". Would he actually have had anything to do with the Infinity Ward debacle? Giving the guy the benefit of the doubt (which I know is something alien to a lot of the 'Blues Crew'), could it be that he was also getting jack of his bosses shenanigans and quit?
Just be because you don't like an organisation's practices, it doesn't follow that EVERYBODY in the organisation is rotten.
No, not everyone is rotten there. But think about it, do you think that this stuff with IW happened without the approval of some of the higher ups there? A random middle managment isn't going to have the power to fire the heads of a studio that just made them a $1+ billion moneymaker game. And how about all that withholding the promised royalties and bonuses stuff? That has to come from high up too, and obviously the guys at the very top approve as well because otherwise they would have stepped in and fixed things when this started getting into the papers (if it was a VP out of control for instance). I bet all the IW guys would have agreed to settle for less than the promised bonuses, as long as they got a significant portion, then they wouldn't have had to take this to court.
So given that logically this is done and approved at high levels in activision (and probably the highest), that kinda attitude and nasty environment usually permeates a company. They are after all just following the leaders. Stuff rolls downhill afterall.
Now, about the publishing, he could have very well had a lot to do with this. What's IW after all? A developer studio (albeit internal) that gets thier own games published by activision. If the guy only handles external publishing, perhaps he had nothing to do with it. But if he handles all the publishing, he was probably hip deep in digging a bigger hole and making this debacle bigger.
Another possibility is that the guys above him were looking for a scapegoat.
All in all it just shows that there's something rotten in activision, regardless of if he was unjustly let go, or if he was involved.