A Twitter account claiming to have “inside” information on the on-goings at Treyarch stated this week that Mark Lamia, current Chairman of the Studio, was exclusively responsible for the microtransaction system in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 with Activision “just overseeing” the process.
Treyarch’s Community Coordinator has responded on Reddit to this claim stating it’s completely false, and that Mark Lamia has actually shifted away from day-to-day operations from Treyarch since Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.
He has been providing mentorship at Treyarch to the studio leadership team for the last few years. Treyarch says that decisions made in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 are a “team decision” between Treyarch, Activision, and partner studios.
Here’s the full response:
It’s been a long week with a lot of active conversation… typically we don’t respond to rumors, but this claim is based on false information and is targeting an individual.
Mark Lamia transitioned away from day-to-day operations several years ago after the release of Black Ops 3. Mark is currently our chairman and provides advice/mentorship to studio leadership. He’s always been a great leader, and the team has loved working with him. Given the personal nature of the claims, it needs to be made clear that he’s not directing any game development or content plans, and these claims are, again, simply false.
Many team members have been working on Black Ops 4 and are committed to delivering great gaming experiences every day across Treyarch, Activision, and partner studios. No single person is solely responsible for decisions around design of the game – it’s always a team effort. It’s not only hurtful and unfair to target individuals based on misunderstandings about their roles on the team, but it’s also a slight to all the team members who are working hard on this game.
Let’s get back to focusing our community dialogue around the game and away from discussions about individuals. Constructive feedback about the game is always fair – targeting individual members of the team is not.
This marks the second time in the same week that some “leakers” online were providing false information on Treyarch. Earlier this week, leaks claimed that Jason Blundell was fired from Treyarch for certain reasons, but Activision sent a statement to CharlieIntel denying that rumor and stated Blundell continues to direct the Zombies experiences for Black Ops 4.