Firing Infinity Ward Devs Was An Easy Decision, Says Activision CEO

Getting rid of Jason West and Vince Zampella was not a hard decision to make, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick told the New York Times this week in a profile piece. “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.”

In the interview he also talked about how the internet has affected his personal life. “Think about what it’s like for my dating life when the first picture that comes up is me as the Devil,” says Mr. Kotick, who is recently divorced. “You see all this chatter and you realize that they game the search results. These super-sophisticated 19-year-olds are smarter than our expensive P.R. firm.”

“He gets wealthy if investors get wealthy and that’s why investors really like the guy and most gamers hate the guy,” Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, said of Mr. Kotick.

According to Robert, something that he never lived down was a 2009 Forbes article that praised him for his business sense, but said that he never plays video games, something that he stated is not true. “When you dig down and look at the people who are vocal in their criticism of me, it’s a small number,” he said while holding out his thumbs and explained that he had calluses from playing too much Defender in the 80’s.

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