Infinity Ward co-founder leaves studio due to 'family issues'

Zampella confirms Jason West’s Respawn departure

Respawn co-founder Jason West has left the studio, Vince Zampella has confirmed.

Rumours from multiple sources yesterday had suggested that West had left the developer despite having yet to reveal its first game, and Zampella has now confirmed the departure.

Despite West’s decision to leave the studio due to “family issues”, development on projects at the company will continue, with the studio set to reveal its upcoming title at E3 in June.

“Jason has left Respawn to take care of some family issues,” said Zampella.

“We have worked together on some amazing accomplishments over the years, starting with an early Segasoft project that never shipped. It is sad to see things come to an end, but there are times when change is best for growth, both personally and professionally. I wish Jason the best and send my best wishes to his family. Respawn continues to amaze me, the team here is resilient and talented.

“E3 will be therapeutic for us, as we finally get to start showing our work again. I know the team was excited about the response we got from just admitting we were going to attend.”

Infinity Ward founders West and Zampella formed Respawn Entertainment in 2010 after being fired from the Call of Duty developer under accusations of insubordination.

A large legal battle ensued after the duo were sacked and subsequently set up the new developer – complete with a publishing deal with Activision rival EA – and the lawsuit was finally settled in May last year.

Both parties had claimed over a billion dollars in damage during the lawsuit, and it was reported that Activision paid out “tens of millions” to West and Zampella as part of the court settlement, although this has never been confirmed.

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