Activision and Infinity Ward together have produced one of the most popular biggest money maker video games with its Call of Duty: Modern Warfare franchise. But there appears to be trouble in paradise.
Activision filed in a report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission: "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."
Early reports from Kotaku said that Activision met at Infinity Ward's offices with "a bunch of bouncer-types." While nothing has been officially announced by either side, a pair of "two senior employees" have changed their online profiles to reflect that they no longer work at Infinity Ward.
Jason West updated his LinkedIn to indicate that he ceased working at Infinity Ward in March 2010. West also updated his Facebook status to read, "Jason West is drinking. Also, no longer employed."
Vince Zampella also updated his LinkedIn putting his duties as CEO and Studio Head of Infinity Ward as past experience.
We haven't heard the last about this, but given that there's litigation expected from this matter, we don't expect there to be too many gross details made public just yet.