Activision has lost a fan in Greg Hastings, the paintball playing pro who lent his name to two Activision-published games. According to Mr. Hastings, the mega publisher not only tried to "steal" his franchise, but also his identity.
Hastings, who also has a game to promote in Greg Hastings Paintball 2—this one's published by Majesco—tells GamesRadar of his beef with the publisher of Modern Warfare and Guitar Hero. "Within 24 hours of me shipping my PlayStation 2 game, Greg Hastings Tournament Paintball Max'd, they sent me a letter and they said, 'We feel you've abandoned your franchise, and we're going to commence making games called Greg Hastings Paintball without Greg Hastings.'"
"A billion-dollar company tried to steal my identity, and I was able to fight and regain my identity," Hastings claims. "That's why I'm on cloud nine; I fought the giant and I'm a success story against Activision."
The man behind Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball, handled by Activision's "value" division, isn't the only one happy with his legal battles against the company. A law firm representing CEO Bobby Kotick in a sexual harassment case against one of his former employees is due more than a million dollars in legal fees from the exec.