Bobby Kotick... The guy who runs Activision, is a freak of nature, as is that whole company. What he (they) did to Infinity Ward says it all. Now that company is toast, and MW3 is on permanent hold with a mountain of lawsuits piled on top. Aren't familiar with this story ? Google "Infiinity Ward Meltdown" or Click Here.
Doesn't surprise me in the least that Activision would do something like this with Black Ops; Kotick is the biggest control freak on the planet. It's all about corporate greed run amok and this guy thinks he can do w/e he wants.
Gameservers might be the "exclusive" host for Black Ops, but it turns out that they've now given Games.On.Net "exclusive" hosting rights to all servers in Australia b/c GS knows they can't handle demand in that area. Source
GS can't handle Southeast Asia either; no idea what's going to happen there.
This whole debacle is a joke tbh, and it has to negatively effect sales.