New information has emerged that claims there may have been more to the recent departure of Jason West from Respawn entertainment than has previously been suggested.
West and Call of Duty co-creator Vince Zampella emerged seemingly victorious after a vicious legal battle with Activision over allegations the company had denied them royalties and artistic credit, and that they in turn had attempted to stage a coup at Infinity Ward.
A new report from Vanity Fair tells the story in greater detail than ever before, from a shockingly similar incident involving the pair at their former studio 2015 to their recent parting of ways.
West left the studio they co-founded in March, moving to North Carolina reportedly after months of barely showing up at the Respawn office.
“A person close to the company” said the split came after Zampella became upset by courtroom revelations about West’s conduct while at Activision.
“Vince felt that Jason was sabotaging the company,” claimed the source.
Zampella has been less open about the split, has has said little on public record about it.
“It’s hard to work with one person for 15 years,” he said in an interview this April.
West himself only explained that the legal battle has left him cooled towards the industry.
“It does sort of sour you on the industry” he said.
It’s tough. If we can’t get treated well, what possible chance does a newcomer have? How do they prevent themselves from being strong-armed by the guys with the money? I wish I had the answer to that question, but I don’t.”