Activision Pays Ex-Call Of Duty Developers $42m

The ongoing legal feud between publishers Activision and former employees Vince West and Jason Zampella, the creators of the Call of Duty franchise, took an interesting turn today when Activision coughed up over $US40 million.

Note that this is not part of any settlement; according to Polygon, it's the result of Activision doing a little homework on the case before it actually goes to trial, and deciding that instead of taking a whole bunch of former Infinity Ward employees to court, they'd be focusing their legal crosshairs on just West and Zampella.

Becaue of this, the $US42 million paid by Activision constituted bonus payments owed to other former IW staffers, now at the pair's new studio Respawn, payments which had previously been withheld.

Activision pays $US42m to former Infinity Ward devs, not a settlement [Polygon]


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    Good to see the artists getting what they were entitled to.

      Owned, fucking greedy corporate pig.

    lol Games you make me smile.

    maybe Activision is finally starting to realise that they can't reap all the rewards for themselves. These people who work tirelessly day and night, making games for these greedy ass mofo's, need to be rewarded as well! It took them THIS long to shell out 42 MILLION DOLLARS worth of bonus payments to their staff?! And they only did this because they couldn't take on ALL the staff, and only wanted to concentrate their efforts on West and Zampella?! Pull your damn finger out, Activision!

    And yet, EA is the worst company in America?

    So they admit they withheld bonus payments that those staff members were entitled to? And they're only paying it now?

    Is it just me, or does that admission not really help their case here...?

      It seems that they'll argue that West and Zampella violated their contract and thus are no longer entitled to the bonus they were promised.

    $42 Million isn't bad but what about the interest and late fee for paying bonuses? Hell if it was me I would be demanding that they pay interest on that late payment as a whole instead of just on my bonus. Interest on $42 Million is a lot more than on something like $20,000 (guessed a number for one employee)

      No it isn't. The amount of interest on 42 million, would be the same as the amount of interest on 20 000. You are just dividing the interest before or after you divide up the 42 million.

        Really? Are you sure about that? I'm thinking that if you put $42M in the bank say with 5%, then the interest on that would be more than the 5% of $20K. Are you sure about that as I'm not an accountant

    I bet activision wish they'd just payed infinity ward properly before all this drama happened.

    Serves em right. Red pawn Games better put that money to good use though or they're just as bad.

    I bet activision wish they'd just payed infinity ward properly before all this drama happened.

    Serves em right. Respawn Games better put that money to good use though or they're just as bad.

    Maybe Activision are trying to sabotage Respawns game by giving their staff a huge amount of cash, if you recieved a check for say $500.000 would you turn up for work or quit?

      Thats some expensive sabotage !

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