Double Fine Tim Schafer Goes Off on Activision Bobby Kotick

At the recent Develop conference, Double Fine founder Tim Schafer had some scathing words for Activision CEO Bobby Kotick. As many of you know, Brutal Legend was stuck in limbo for a ridiculous period of time, partially due to Kotick not believing in the franchise’s sequel potential. Crave quoted Schafer as saying:

His obligation is to his shareholders. Well, he doesn’t have to be as much of a dick about it, does he? I think there is a way he can do it without being a total prick. It seems like it would be possible. It’s not something he’s interested in.

Hopefully he’ll go back to another industry scene. He could go to an industry that makes more money. Ball bearings… something that suits his passions more. Weapons manufacturing?

That’s just funny, funny stuff…and part of the reason it’s funny is because it’s true. Crave has more quotes from Super Tim and I highly recommend checking them out. Wait a minute…that guy owes me an interview. Maybe I’ll head to San Francisco soon.


Author: RPadTV

4 thoughts on “Double Fine Tim Schafer Goes Off on Activision Bobby Kotick”

  1. Haha. I do find it unnerving that Kotick won't greenlight a game if he can't sell it in chunks for 3-5 years. I think it took way to long for them to just release the IP from their hold.

  2. @Smartguy

    He probably kept it in limbo to see if he could strong arm Double Fine into agreeing to a franchise structure. They never would have backed it to begin with if they didn't think they could profit off of it.

  3. Just more reasons to not like Bobby Kotick. I think Tim makes an excellent suggestion when he says that Kotick should move to another industry. I'm glad to hear someone from the industry saying these things though, instead of only the consumers themselves.

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