Activision has reportedly paid former Infinity Ward employees $42 million dollars, but the payment is not considered a settlement. The payment includes 10% interest, and the attorney for the 40-member Infinity Ward Employee Group says it's merely a "small portion" of the suit's monetary stakes.
"I can confirm for you that it happened today," IWEG attorney Bruce Isaacs told Polygon. "I can also tell you that although it is a meaningful payment 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." Isaac's says it's a "cynical attempt to look good before the jury trial."
The $42 million will reportedly go towards the 40 individuals in the group, but a source says the payment is not part of the settlement. Activision CEO Bobby Kotick agreed that the evidence didn't implicate the group, and so it paid the amount they were owed so it could focus on the accusations against Jason West and Vince Zampella at trial. But, since it's not a settlement, IWEG can continue to sue for the remainder of the claims.
The group is still planning to pursue further legal action. The IWEG group is claiming a number in the range of $75-125 million.