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Schappert "disappointed" by MW2 lawsuit

EA exec takes a pop at Activision.

Electronic Arts executive John Schappert has had a bit of a dig at Activision over the Infinity Ward lawsuit.

He was speaking at the Game Developers Conference in a Q&A session with Alex Pham of the Los Angeles Times. On the subject of developer independence Pham said, "If you value creative freedom you don't go work for a big publisher, or maybe you do?"

"Maybe you don't pick publisher that likes to litigate that much or look at their legal team as a revenue generating team," said Schappert, clearly referring to the recently filed lawsuit against the Modern Warfare developer.

"There are two sides to every story and I'm not passing judgment," he continued. "I'm just disappointed on a couple of fronts - I'm disappointed because Jason [West] and Vince [Zampella] on are two great guys, they've done great things and I think they're two of the best creative leaders in our space.

"They're going to be spending their future dealing with litigation and lawyers rather than crafting the next great experience. I don't think that's a win for them, I don't think it's a win for our industry, I think it's a disappointment.

"I hope that they find a way to continue to make games and focus on that during this period," Schappert concluded.

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