There is a definition of chutzpa that is as old as the hills – a man who is arrested for killing both his parents and then throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan.
The problem with Chutzpa and companies that develop what we here at NPNM call “The 800 pound gorilla attitude” is that no matter how big you are, no matter how tough you think you are, eventually there will be a David to your Goliath and kick you right in the gnads. Those who read this web site and have listened to show 65 have been privy to our conversations sparked by this interesting read over at We Fly Spitfires. The real id fiasco (poorly thought out garbage if ever there was such) will no doubt one day be the first big “mistake” by Blizzard. As for the Activision side of the house, if Kotick et al lose their day in court against Infinity Ward that will certainly be their first….
Or so I thought.
This came across our news desk this morning via gamepolitics.com (another of our MUST reads).
While speaking to GamesRadar about his forthcoming title, Greg Hastings talked a bit about his time spent with Activision, and they are not fond memories. “I had to fire Activision for doing such a poor job,” said Hastings.
He continued, “Within 24 hours of me shipping my PlayStation 2 game, Greg Hastings Tournament Paintball Max’d, they sent me a letter and they said, ‘We feel you’ve abandoned your franchise, and we’re going to commence making games called Greg Hastings Paintball without Greg Hastings.’ – Via Gamepolitics.com
I had to read that last line several times before I believed that any business executive anywhere would be brave enough to pen the words without sufficient legal standing to back them up…
“…and we’re going to commence making games called Greg Hastings Paintball without Greg Hastings.”
Wow. Just Wow. Talk about colossal arrogance. Uttering such claims with nothing to back them up is like a gun slinger in the old west who is using a cap gun. This, dear readers, is a pile of chutpa that would make the mighty Mount Everest pale into insignificance.
Fortunately Mr. Hastings won his day in court stating “A Billion-dollar company tried to steal my identify, and I was able to fight and regain my identity. That’s why I’m on cloud nine; I was able to fight the giant and I am a success story against Activision.”
Between Mr. Kotick’s recent loss in court as reported by Gamepolitics.com (which did not involve Activision) as part of a sexual harassment law suit, Infinity Ward, and now this, Activision’s reputation for honest dealing might just end up sinking like the Titanic.