This is a industry news saga- And everyone needs to read up on it. While there are two sides to every story the above comment was either mad rantings or a ceo trying to keep his job, anyway there is alot to this but below is my simplified version- I encourage anyone interested in the gaming industry to read up on it.
You hire a guy to paint a picture of a boat to sell to others with an agreement to share profits a certain way. You pay him up front. The artist creates all these new tools, devices, brush techniques, lighting, and ways of doing things to make the portrait of a boat a huge seller. Billion dollar seller.
Okay you now do not want to share the profits as agreed, making a very unhappy artist. Your now afraid they may paint something else for another guy who will then make a ton of money. So you engineer a firing in hopes of keeping all the money - but what is worse is
You claim that the artists way of creating the painting is now your property. Everything from brush strokes, lighting, angles - anything the artist did to make that painting so great is now your property and he can not use them on anything he wants to paint in the future.
That is what Activision CEO Kotick tried to do. Who lost big time.
Hero to company industry
Goat to creative developers