This week Activision, the publisher of the Call of Duty games, paid the sum of 42 million dollars to a group who worked at Infinity Ward during the development of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, but that’s only a fraction of the total amount being sought by the “Infinity Ward Employee Group”.
The 38-member group is seeking 75-125 million for royalties that were allegedly earned from Modern Warfare 2, but were never paid. The group’s attorney Bruce Isaacs, calls the 42 million “A meaningful payment”, but also says that it is “Only a small portion of what we are seeking in litigation. It is outrageous that they made us wait, they obviously knew they owed the money and this just shows that they breached the contract.”
This money is not a settlement, meaning that the lawsuit will continue as the Infinity Ward Employees Group continues to pursue the full amount.
This legal battle began in 2010 when high-ranking member of Infinity Ward, Jason West and Vince Zampella, left that studio and founded Respawn Entertainment over problems they experienced with Activision. While Infinity Ward continues to develop the Modern Warfare spin-off of the Call of Duty franchise, the three founding of the company are no longer there.
Respawn Entertainment is currently working on their first project, which is a science fiction shooter to be published by Electronic Arts.