Martin O’Donnell Sues Bungie Over His Sudden Termination
Martin O’Donnell, who until April was composing the score for Bungie’s upcoming Destiny title, was suddenly let go. According to the famed composer, his contract was terminated without any cause by Bungie.
“I’m saddened to say that Bungie’s board of directors terminated me without cause on April 11, 2014,” he wrote on Twitter back then.
In reply, Bungie made the following statement: “For more than a decade, Marty O’Donnell filled our worlds with unforgettable sounds and soundtracks, and left an indelible mark on our fans. Today, as friends, we say goodbye. We know that wherever his journey takes him, he will always have a bright and hopeful future. We wish him luck in all his future endeavors.”
Fast forward two months and today, a lawsuit filing has been spotted by him against Bungie and its chief executive Harold Ryan. The lawsuit states that O’Donnell was let go without any valid reason and that “Ryan has willfully and intentionally caused Bungie to deprive O’Donnell of accrued but unused vacation time, paid time off, sabbatical time, and other benefits.”
The suit was filed in April, around the time of O’Donnell’s exit. Almost a month later on May 27, Bungie denied O’Donnell’s allegations and said no relief is due.
Halo is one of the most successful video game franchises under Microsoft’s wing and O’Donnell’s work with it has been exceptional.