Activision CEO Bobby Kotick is quickly turning into WWE CEO Vince McMahon with the way he talks trash. Bobby is known for not holding his tongue when it comes to speaking on the video game industry and he just recently spoke with Edge Magazine and had a few words to say about Brutal Legend developer Tim Schafer.
“I’ve never met him in my life – I’ve never had anything to do with him. I never had any involvement in the Vivendi project that they were doing, Brütal Legend, other than I was in one meeting where the guys looked at it and said, ‘He’s late, he’s missed every milestone, he’s overspent the budget and it doesn’t seem like a good game. We’re going to cancel it.
Bobby then takes shots at EA saying, “that great people don’t really want to work there” and former Infinity Ward executives Vince Zampella and Jason West “will probably have a really hard time ever being productive or successful ever again.” Both Tim Schafer and EA corporate communications VP Jeff Brown responded to Bobby Kotick’s comments. Read both responces below.
Tim Schafer Response via Eurogamer
“It’s sad is that instead of just insulting me personally, he goes after the product of my hard-working team — a group of people he almost put out of work a while back. But what’s even sadder is that it took him two months to think of a comeback.”
EA’s Response via Gamesutra
“His company is based on three game franchises — one is a fantastic persistent world he had nothing to do with (World of Warcraft); one is in steep decline (Guitar Hero); and the third is in the process of being destroyed by Kotick’s own hubris (Call of Duty).”
What do you guys think about all this drama? Personally, all parties involved are keeping me entertained. I’m ready to see what goes down next.