Yesterday in the playground Bobby Kotick called Ella Arts a rude name and made Ella cry. Today we find Bobby and Ella facing off once more, surrounded by crowds of school children chanting “Fight! Fight! Fight!”. According to an EA spokesperson:
“Kotick’s relationship with studio talent is well documented in litigation, his company is based on three game franchises – one is a fantastic persistent world he had nothing to do with; one is in steep decline; and the third is in the process of being destroyed by Kotick’s own hubris.”
Harsh words from Electronic Arts, although understandable after Bob Koticks’s recent outbursts. The three game franchises that were referenced are World Of Warcraft, The ‘Hero’ games and of course, Call Of Duty.
Sixth-former Tim Schafer has now entered the circle of screaming children and is facing off against Bobby K. You may recall Tim made some rude comments about Bobby but quckly realised his error and decided to keep his mouth shut. As part of yesterday’s Edge interview Kotick attacked Tim saying:
“He was late, he missed every milestone, the game was not a particularly good game…”
The game Kotick was referring to is Brutal Legend. Let’s listen in and see what Tim had to say in reply…
“It’s sad that instead of just insulting me personally, he goes after the product of my hard-working team – a group of people he almost put out of work a while back. But what’s even sadder is that it took him two months to think of a comeback.”
Ouch! More news from the playground as we get it – look out for an update around lunchtime, Ella is rumoured to have stolen Bobby’s lunch money and Bobby will retaliate by pulling Ella’s pig-tails.