Frontier co-founder David Braben speculates on the potential in the fallout of the Infinity Ward row

Respawn success â??is industryâ??s gainâ??

In an exclusive blog on Develop online, Frontier co-founder David Braben has said that he believes the recent row between Activision and Infinity Ward will benefit the development industry as a whole.

“The positive long term effect I think it will have for development is in the eyes of investors,” Braben said.

“Hopefully what has happened will be seen (with hindsight) as a mistake by Activision, irrespective of the narrow rights and wrongs of the case itself, and it will encourage better treatment of development in the future.”

Looking at the wider issue of the ongoing argument between the Call of Duty developer and publisher, Braben went on to mention his pleasure with the founding by Vince Zampella and Jason West of Respawn Entertainment, and their publishing deal with EA Partners.

“EA’s response has been very positive, even if part of the reason was to put one in the eye of Activision,” Braben said.

“I (as I’m sure many others do) hope that Respawn’s first game is a conspicuous success, as that will help all of us in development. Good luck to them!”

The full blog can be read here.

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