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Infinity Ward Delayed CoD Map Pack At EA’s Request According To Court Filings, EA Says Email Was “A Joke”

by Ernice Gilbert on January 20th, 2011, under Activision/Bilzzard, EA, Hot, News

Things are starting to heat up between EA, Activision, Jason West and Vince Zampella, as new court documents surface revealing some scathing new information. Kotaku’s gotten hold of an internal email belonging to EA, which suggests Infinity Ward put off releasing a map pack for Modern Warfare 2 because EA asked them to. Released today as part of court filing in the Activision suit against EA and Infinity Ward co-founders Vince Zampella and Jason West, you can expect heat to turn up as more unfolds.

More past the break.

“A couple months ago, I asked Vince to hold back their map pack until after we launched. (He owes me one,)…Given that they’ve already made a billion, he was cool with that, obviously (Activision CEO ) Kotick took it as being belligerent.”

If true, it’s extremely telling of what might have happened behind the scenes. The email was dated March 2nd, 2010, the same day DICE’s Battlefield Bad Company 2 released. It was also 28 days before Modern Warfare 2′s “Stimulus Pack” landed on PSN and Xbox Live. The email was written by EA’s senior director of global marketing Lincoln Hershberger, who wasn’t shy on sending it viral, as he sent it to quite a few executives including EA Games head Frank Gibeau.

All this started last year, when Activision fired Vince Zampella and Jason West, citing “insubordination” as the cause. We’ll keep you posted as more comes in.

In the mean time, if you’re interested in reading more of the email, go over to Joystiq.

4 Comments

  1. Fri, 21st Jan 2011 at 3:37 am

    rrrrrrrrrrrright, so IW did not release a map pack just because a EA employee requested him to do so?
    yea, why do i find that hard to believe?
    oh while your at it, if you send me 1 million dollars you will be come the happiest man in the world!
    is it just me, or are corporations excuses getting lamer and lamer?

  2. Fri, 21st Jan 2011 at 5:44 am

    Yeah, but where there’s smoke, there’s always a fire brewing, or churning, or whatever…

  3. Fri, 21st Jan 2011 at 9:58 am

    unless its a smokeless fire.
    ;)

  4. Fri, 21st Jan 2011 at 10:07 am

    haha. You never know.

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