The Activision vs West/Zampella court case just keeps getting bigger and bigger. This time it is alleged that Bobby Kotick ordered the hacking into the personal computers of the ex Infinity Ward heads.
Court documents state that in 2009, before the release of Modern Warfare 2, Activision’s IT Director Thomas Fenady was allegedly ordered to observe and gain access to West & Zampella’s computer files and personal information.
The documents say that the order was given to Fenady by George Rose, Activision’s Chief Legal Officer, who is alleged to have said that order “comes from Bobby [Kotick] directly.”
However the operation, known as Icebreaker, was unsuccessful. Court documents state the Fenady tried a number of different ways to access the computers of both West & Zampella, including a fire drill to get them away from the computers.
A Facebook conversation also came to light where Fenady spoke to a personal friend saying, “Activision asked me to dig up dirt on Jason and Vince about 6 months prior to COD release, looking for excuses to dump them”.
Two days ago Activision paid $42 million to a ‘group representing former Infinity Ward heads Vince West and Jason Zampella.’
Source: Develop Online