Bobby Kotick, the CEO of Activision, personally ordered the hacking of computers belonging to former Infinity Ward bosses Jason West and Jason Zampella, court documents allege.
The operation was referred to internally as ‘Project Icebreaker’ and was designed to uncover any potential dirt that could be used as grounds to sack the developers.
Furthermore, when remote access to their email accounts proved impossible the publisher “discussed staging a fake fumigation and mock fire drill in a bid to get West and Zampella away from their active computers”, according to court documents scrutinized by Develop.
The events, of course, took place prior to the high profile firing of West and Zampella from Infinity Ward after accusations from Activision that the pair were conspiring with rival EA.
The publishers have now settled their dispute, but West and Zampella’s pursuit of alleged unpaid royalties from Activision goes to trial at the end of the month.
These new allegations came to light following the disposition of Activision’s director of IT Thomas Fenady and directly conflicts with previous declarations given under oath by Activision’s chief legal officer George Rose.