The co-founder of Infinity Ward was a keynote speaker at the 3D Gaming Summit in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES -- Respawn Entertainment's Vince Zampella, co-founder of Infinity Ward and part of the creative force behind the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare franchise, spoke in public for the first time at the second annual 3D Gaming Summit: 3D Gaming and Beyond at the Hollywood & Highland Center, Hollywood, CA. USA Today video game reporter Mike Snider interviewed Zampella about Call of Duty and what’s next from the new independent studio, Respawn Entertainment in the videos below.
As a principal at Infinity Ward, Zampella and partner Jason West played key roles in the development of the multibillion-dollar military shooter franchise Call of Duty. The two formed Respawn (in the gaming world, "respawn" means a character that was killed off has come back to life) in April of 2010. Electronic Arts will have exclusive distribution rights to their next creation.
Throughout his career, Zampella, 40, whose industry stops have included Gametek, Atari, Panasonic/Ripcord, and Sega, has created many of the most successful and popular games in the world, with blockbuster action sequences in real-world settings that resemble those of big budget movies. Some of these include extensive online options allowing competition against other players via the Internet. All of this experience allows Zampella a wide canvas to expand his horizons for his next creations.
There have been six Call of Duty games released since 2003, four set during World War II, and two which carried the subtitle Modern Warfare featuring contemporary counter-terrorist combat. Call of Duty, Modern Warfare 2 alone has sold approximately 20 million units and generated an estimated $1.3 billion.
“Vince has unparalleled hands-on experience in creating one of the great video game franchises of all-time,” said conference co-chairman Bob Dowling, "and as a Keynote Speaker confirms the 3D Gaming Summit as the thought-leader in the gaming entertainment landscape.”
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