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EA Snagged Call of Duty Creators

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Is this really a shocker? The creators of the Call of Duty franchise, Jason West and Vince Zampella, have decided to start a publishing agreement with EA shortly after forming their new Independent Development Studio known as Respawn Entertainment. The creators of the multi-billion dollar first person shooter series plan to start fresh, and looking to hire a new team to build new games for their partners EA.

Jason West and Vince Zampella Form ?Respawn Entertainment?
All-New Independent Development Studio Signs Exclusive Worldwide Publishing Agreement with EA

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Jason West and Vince Zampella, creators of the multi-billion dollar Call of Duty? franchise, announced the formation of a new development studio — Respawn Entertainment. The move positions the Respawn Entertainment leadership team as the owners of the intellectual property they create. The company will focus on creating state-of-the-art gaming experiences for global audiences. The studio is currently assembling a world-class team of designers, artists and engineers. Applicants can submit resumes to jobs@respawn.com.

Respawn is pleased to also announce that it has awarded Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS), through the distinguished EA Partners program, exclusive worldwide publishing and distribution rights to future games. Terms were not disclosed. West and Zampella are represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

?Respawn Entertainment marks a fresh start for Jason and me,? said Vince Zampella, General Manager of Respawn Entertainment. ?For the past decade we led a great development team and poured our hearts into creating an epic game franchise. We?re very proud of what we built ? and proud that so many millions of fans enjoyed those games. Today we hope to do it all over again — open a new studio, hire a great team, and create brand new games with a new partner, EA.?

?We?re excited,? added Jason West, President of Respawn Entertainment. “Now that the team is in control of the games and brands, we can ensure that the fans are treated as well as they deserve.”

Frank Gibeau, President of the EA Games Label commented, ?This is the start of a great publishing partnership ? one that I expect will develop blockbuster game franchises. Jason and Vince are two of the top creative leaders in the entertainment industry. At EA, we?re honored to be their partners and to give them the support they need to hire a team and return to making incredible games.?

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