Former Halo music composer sues Bungie for failing to pay for unpaid benefits

Former Halo music composer Marty O’Donnell has filed a lawsuit against game maker Bungie and its chief executive Harold Ryan for failing to pay him for unpaid vacation time, paid time off, and other benefits.

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Sadie21001651d ago

This is just really, really sad all around. :(

Septic1651d ago

Come on Bungie...tainted by that Activision greed already?

user14394141651d ago

Music composers should be paid for there work. The soundtracks for halo are amazing.

FantasyStar1651d ago

You do know that Marty was let go because he was asking for too much money right???

zeuanimals1651d ago


I don't know why you're getting dislikes, that stuff happens all of the time in many fields. Bruce Willis was asking for a lot more money than the rest of the cast in The Expendables 2 and he was dropped from the cast.

Though, the problem could have been that O'Donnell was being underpaid, if that's the case, then I'm pretty sure Activision is behind the firing. They're giving money to Bungie to make the game, and Bungie's probably asking for more money to pay O'Donnell, but Acti didn't want to. I'm not sure if that's what happened, but Activision is a pretty greedy company, so I'll go with that.

XiSasukeUchiha1651d ago

Really, just really Pathetic, hmmm Team Taka let go to his to talk him about this!

JeffGrubb1651d ago

He'll get his insurance paid for in the end. It is his ...................... destiny.

ColManischewitz1651d ago

I wonder how many others at game studios don't get their full benefits -- but never sue?

FantasyStar1651d ago

Marty was technically a contractor with Bungie right? Contractors typically don't get those kinds of benefits that Marty got. He wanted more money and the Board didn't flinch. They called his bluff.

-Foxtrot1651d ago

Microsoft should scoop him up for Halo 5

Someone should tweet Phil Spencer.

Manic20141651d ago

I think they already have.

-Foxtrot1651d ago

Has he ever replied?

Surely something as big as this would of been replied to

I mean no offence to Neil Davidge who did Halo 4s music but if they had to choose in letting him go in order to replace him with Marty then so be it.

Neil Davidges music didn't have that "spark" in the Halo music, it sounded more like a OST for a Hollywood action block buster.

Manic20141651d ago

For some reason I'm remembering an article of sometime back that he's gone to 343i. I think it's my imagination.

OpieWinston1651d ago

Dude when he got laid off...There were tons of tweets saying #343hireMarty.

It was a big thing, because that's one of the big things Halo 5 could be missing. Halo 4 had amazing music but it's not jaw dropping like Marty did for Halo for all those years.

ats19921651d ago (Edited 1651d ago )

The best composer in the gaming industry 343i needs to hire him.

FantasyStar1651d ago

Marty is great, but there are others just as great, even better than him that exist all around the industry.

IVanSpinal1651d ago

#1 Jeremy Soule
#2 Marty

Angels37851651d ago (Edited 1651d ago )

You think....hes better than Hans Zimmer.........

That's just ONE composer I thought of off the top of my head. He does the music for Killzone...


ats19921651d ago (Edited 1651d ago )

Killzone's music isn't even in the same league as Halo's Music.

Angels37851651d ago (Edited 1651d ago )

xD Says the guys who 1 never played it and 2 is using his opinion.

Hans Zimmers music is known worldwide and EXCELLENT. No matter what the score....Marty is ONLY in the gaming industry.

Just because you have a MASSIVE hard on for anything HALO...doesn't make it untouchable.

But IDK why Im arguing that with you since even if I showed you ALL the awards hans has won for killzone's music Like EVERY SCI FI movie and other'd probably still not change your mind.

you cant even FIND awards for Marty in the same league on the net

linkenski1651d ago

Problem is that every Hanz Zimmer track sounds samey. He even reused the Crysis 2 motif for The Amazing Spiderman 2 movie. Seriously, you don't do that!

Deadpoolio1651d ago

He also cannot hold a candle to John Williams, hell nobody can hold a candle to Williams.

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Blank1651d ago

Marty is good but all around I personally prefer Shoji Meguro over many others

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