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Following recent hack attacks on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, creative strategist for Infinity Ward, Robert Bowling, has decided to hang up his boots and call it a day, acknowledging that he no longer works for Activision.
Over the weekend Modern Warfare 3 suffered from a massive case of hackolitis. Now Gamer runs through the details of the hacks, as well as the modded lobbies, which were prevalent enough for Robert Bowling to issue warnings via Twitter to stay away from invites or lobbies from players unfamiliar to you.
Shortly after the hacking event took place and after the servers for Modern Warfare 3 came back up after an emergency maintenance, Bowling went back to Twitter to report that he no longer has ties to Infinity Ward or Activision or Call of Duty, saying..."Today, I resign from my position as Creative Strategist of Call of Duty, as a lead of Infinity Ward, and as an employee of Activision."
According to Venture Beat, Activision sent out a plain-as-paper press statement regarding Bowling's departure, simply saying..."We sincerely thank Robert for his many years of service. He’s been a trusted and valued member of the Infinity Ward team. We wish him all the best on his decision to pursue future opportunities."
In the WWE they would call this being "Future Endeavored". However, the exact details of Bowling's departure are never clearly clarified. Was it the hacking event that pushed him over the edge? Did the hate mail finally get to him? Was promoting a product that basically stays the same each year out with minor tweaks here and there just too much to bear? No one knows or will know until Mr. Robert Bowling decides to spill the beans. Many gamers have pegged Bowling to join other ex-Infintiy Ward members, Vince Zampella and Jason West, over in the EA camp at Respawn Entertainment.
In the meantime Activision, Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games and Treyarch will have to find another lackey to manage all the community stuff that Bowling used to handle with such prideful ebullience...or maybe they could leave the position null and spare themselves the extra paycheck. They certainly don't mind taking shortcuts when it comes to resources.