Activision planned fake fire drill to hack Infinity Ward computers
In what is slowly descending into farce, court documents today revealed that Activision CEO Bobby Kotick ordered the hacking of Jason West and Jason Zampella’s computers.
West and Zampella are former Infinity Ward bosses, who were part of a high-profile firing after evidence that they were colluding with Activision rivals EA.
It is alleged by George Rose, Chief Legal Officer at Activision, that the order to hack ‘comes from Bobby directly’, internally dubbed ‘Project Icebreaker’, an attempt to uncover potential ‘dirt’ that could be used against West and Zampella.
When remote access to email accounts proved unfeasible, a plan to “[stage] a… mock fire drill… to get West and Zampella away from their computers” was devised, allege court documents.
West and Zampella’s trial, seeking unpaid royalties from Activision, goes to trial at the end of the month.
The Modern Warfare dispute between Activision and EA was settled out of court.
Source: MCV, Develop