Greg Hastings Slams Activision For Trying To ‘Steal’ Identity

by Jeff Cork on Aug 05, 2010 at 04:14 AM

If you’re a gamer who doesn’t follow the pro paintball circuit, there’s still a chance that the name Greg Hastings might sound familiar. Hastings was featured in a pair of Activision-published games a few years ago, Greg Hastings Tournament Paintball and Greg Hastings Tournament Paintball Max’d. His latest game, Greg Hastings Paintball 2, is being published by Majesco, and it doesn’t seem as though there’s any love lost between Hastings and his former publisher.

“Activision tried to steal my franchise," he said while talking with Games Radar. "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.’”

"They made us spend a whole pile of money and we won unanimously in court," he explains. "A billion-dollar company tried to steal my identity, and I was able to fight and regain my identity. That's why I'm on cloud nine; I fought the giant and I'm a success story against Activision."

Of course, that’s just his side of the story, and we have no idea what kinds of rights Hastings signed away in his contract with Activision. Regardless, it’s an interesting little anecdote about the behind-the-scenes drama that can occur when competitive paintball and video games meet.