Activision has ousted or forced out at least one key senior employee from Call of Duty studio Infinity Ward. The man now unemployed is none other than Infinity Ward co-founder Jason West.
An SEC filing yesterday revealed turmoil at Infinity Ward and suggested West’s departure was coming. “Consistent with past practice, the Company intends to release a Call of Duty game in 2010 developed by another wholly-owned studio,” it stated. “The Company is concluding an internal human resources inquiry into breaches of contract and insubordination by two senior employees at Infinity Ward. This matter is expected to involve the departure of key personnel and litigation. At present, the Company does not expect this matter to have a material impact on the Company.”
A second senior employee at Infinity Ward might have been let go though no one is sure at this time.
With West out, Activision must now hope other key Infinity Ward employees and their talents responsible for Call of Duty and Modern Warfare are not lured into a new venture by their former boss.