â??More will probably quit IWâ??, says Activision PR

â??More will probably quit IWâ??, says Activision PR

By Rob Crossley

April 22nd 2010 at 10:43AM

Media manager Dan Amrich ponders defection to Respawn

The well-known disharmony at Infinity Ward is likely to continue, an Activision representative has said, with more staffers likely to quit the studio.

Activision media manager Dan Amrich believes that news of more Infinity Ward staff walkouts is “not over yet”.

Speaking from a personal perspective, he said that “more people will probably go too, looking for new situations.”

He added: “Maybe they will join Respawn, maybe not.”

Amrich braved the discussion on a public Facebook forum, and appeared sincere in his defence of Activision.

In regards to the recent slew of Infinity Ward walkouts, he speculated that those leaving were “giving up their bonus”, adding that “the more people that leave, the bigger the bonus gets for the people who stay.”

Despite finding the walkouts confusing, Amrich claimed there is a fantastic opportunity for remaining staff – with many of their departed leaders leaving a vacuum for aspiring staff to fill.

“I'd think if you are young and hungry and have a vision for a new game, IW would be a really good place to be right now,” he said.

In a brief turn to the legal row itself – which pits ex-Infinity Ward heads Vince Zampella and Jason West against Activision – Amrich stressed that information will be scarce until legal documents are released.

“The people who know [what happened] cannot say anything,” he said.

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“When Vince and Jason filed a lawsuit, that made Activision clam up… Basically, when the lawyers come in, the mouths go shut and everything is confidential.”