Remember the guy who helped put Call of Duty on the map and actually had a lot of hard-earned respect from the gaming community for those efforts? Well, if you don’t remember him I’ll remind you of who he is. His name is Vince Zampella. With the help of Jason West and a few other key-players from the original Infinity Ward, they helped shaped what has become the global phenomenon known as Call of Duty (and not the annual rehashes it’s now known for).

Unfortunately, in a bid to forfeit royalties to the people who earned them, Activision fired Zampella, West and anyone who wasn’t keen on just being another cog in the machine. As a result, Call of Duty is now just a shell of its former self and an unfortunate annual rehash of the game that made it famous, Modern Warfare.

At this year’s second annual 3D Gaming Summit, one of the men responsible for making so many gamers fall in love with Call of Duty, Vince Zampella, will be giving the keynote speech at the summit. I’m curious if there will be kind or harsh words for Activision in his speech?

At this very moment, Zampella and West are now at the brand new Respawn Entertainment under Activision’s arch publishing rival, Electronic Arts. A lot of people are curious as to what Respawn will bring out of the woodworks especially with the current Call of Duty games basically being a yearly re-skin with a few new/modified Perks and Killstreaks. More importantly, will they innovate or re-invigorate?

John Gaudiosi, Senior Content Advisor to the 3D Gaming Summit: 3D Gaming and Beyond and Co-Founder, Gamerlive,.tv, commented in the press release, saying…
"Respawn Entertainment is one of the most talked about new game studios in the world," … "Vince Zampella and Jason West helped evolve the video game space with their Call of Duty games while at Infinity Ward, pushing the envelope of interactive entertainment. I'm sure they'll continue to bring exciting new game experiences through their new Electronic Arts partnership moving forward."

The 3D Gaming Summit will take place Thursday, on September 22nd at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.

You can learn more about the summit, the speakers, events and more, by visiting the Official Website.

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