Activision execs offered Infinity Ward staff a 50 percent pay increase and told staff to “take the money and get over it” after the publisher dramatically fired the developer’s founders Jason West and Vince Zampella in 2010.
That’s according to a fresh account with further details on the fallout from Activision’s now-legendary ousting of West and Zampella, as published on LinkedIn by lead designer Paul Sandler (spotted by PC Gamer).
Sandler writes that he was told about the loss of West and Zampella by a fellow employee who rode a scooter around the Infinity Ward office, sharing the news. “I just sat there in stunned silence with my eyes wide open,” Sandler wrote. “I stood up from my chair and said: ‘What the fuck? …Why?'”