Activision pays $42M to ex-Infinity Ward devs

Activision has paid the Infinity Ward Employee Group $42 million, after determining that the evidence against Jason West and Vince Zampella didn't implicate the other employees.

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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.

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    May 15, 2012 11:15 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Activision pays $42M to ex-Infinity Ward devs.

    Activision has paid the Infinity Ward Employee Group $42 million, after determining that the evidence against Jason West and Vince Zampella didn't implicate the other employees.

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      May 15, 2012 11:29 AM

      owned

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      May 15, 2012 11:32 AM

      Wasn't their original departure due to unpaid bonuses? I wonder if this payment would ever have happened without them leaving in the first place.

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      May 15, 2012 11:51 AM

      This just in Blops2 is now priced at $70.

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      May 15, 2012 12:09 PM

      42 million across 40 employees? Thats a hell of a bonus :D

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      May 15, 2012 12:33 PM

      Small potatoes. Especially after lawyer fees.
      Its a fucking disgrace. Activision should have paid 5 times that amount. 42 mill. That's Bobby K's. bonus money.
      This was chump change.

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        May 15, 2012 12:35 PM

        They're still in litigation.

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        May 15, 2012 12:39 PM

        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.

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      May 15, 2012 12:37 PM

      Hopefully they'll end up owing even more to West and Zampella.

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      May 15, 2012 1:24 PM

      42Million is pennies compared to what Activision made off their games. And you could say that call of duty games wouldn't sell as well as they have if it wasnt for CoD4 paving the way.

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      May 15, 2012 2:19 PM

      haha, owned.

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      May 15, 2012 4:05 PM

      Good. Fuck Activision for treating their employees like crap

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        May 15, 2012 4:39 PM

        42million is like a weak pinch on the cheek. It's gonna take a lot more than that to make them feel forcibly violated.

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      May 16, 2012 7:25 AM

      ROUND 1 - IWEG !!!