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Submitted by GraveLord 1113d ago | news

Activision pays $42m to former Infinity Ward devs, not a settlement

Christopher Grant writes: "After it finished reviewing all the evidence in the pre-trial lead up to its high-profile lawsuit against former Infinity Ward co-heads Jason West and Vince Zampella, Activision believed that the discovery phase didn't implicate the constituents of the so-called "Infinity Ward Employee Group," a source familiar with the case told Polygon. As a result, the video game publisher issued a check to the group's lawyers for $42 million dollars today, which includes 10 percent interest and is in addition to the original $22 million already paid for the promised first quarter launch bonus." (Activision, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Industry, Respawn Entertainment)

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GraveLord  +   1113d ago
Glad to see these developers are getting payed for their hard earned work.

Justice will be made here.
ilikestuff  +   1112d ago
42 million eh? they'll make double that just in preorders.
zeeshan  +   1112d ago
To everyone who is happy, well, let me remind you that this money doesn't hurt Activision at all. It's like pocket change for Kotick let alone the whole company. Besides, they must already be planning how to recover these $42 million and guess who's going to pay for this? Yup, it is the gamers who support and purchase their games and DLC. As long as COD remains the kind of sales, they have got nothing to worry about. It's the end user who is going to pay for these $42 million and that just sucks!
dcbronco  +   1112d ago
So Zeeshan, I guess you're saying the developers shouldn't have gotten paid? Hope your boss doesn't monitor your online accounts.
TekoIie  +   1112d ago
@Gravelord

Yeh like how they said Activision tricked them into making MW2 and demanded that they be given the rights to Infinity Ward?

Both sides of this are absolutely dumb...

Once again i have to point out that we seem to love these guys as soon as they move away from COD and Activision. These guys made the broken MW2 so i have no intention of buying a game made by them if its a shooter.
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jjdoyle  +   1112d ago
We all know Acti wouldn't pay a DIME of this, if the evidence wasn't there to show they owed it. If there wasn't evidence there to show they owed it, then this could have been paid in a "settlement" to get everything dropped, but since it's not a settlement, this could gets crazy.
NYC_Gamer  +   1113d ago
Smart move by Activision now the company will just focus their court case on West&Zampella...
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EeJLP-  +   1113d ago
Congrats on reading the first sentence.
The_Devil_Hunter  +   1112d ago
hahaha. lol
360GamerFG  +   1113d ago
Well done Activision. I have no gripes with these guys cause I don't play much CoD. EA on the other hand I loathe.
Brownghost  +   1113d ago
Activision and EA I both extremely loathe
MidnytRain  +   1112d ago
Hmm... can't say I've ever felt that way about a company.
SKUD  +   1113d ago
Translation: I've got nothing against drunk drivers but hate drug dealers.

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Man In Black  +   1113d ago
Incredibly stupid analogy.
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NeXXXuS  +   1112d ago
I sell propane and propane accessories.
Les-Grossman  +   1113d ago
Activision needs to be taken down a notch. So lets go West & Zampella
kreate  +   1113d ago
It needs to be more than just 'a notch'
Prince_Dim-Lu  +   1112d ago
Why do they need to be taken down a notch? Because they have the most popular game in the World?

LOL... love the haters.
sovietsoldier  +   1113d ago
Activision will lose in the end. a judge will hear and see that Activision has lost this case which involves and is directly related to West and Zampella case. those who have been paid can also be used as witnesses against Activision,and would be more likely to spill the beans knowing they will be getting paid.
FlashXIII  +   1113d ago
So Activision decide to pay all of the employees who jumped ship so they can focus all their attention on trying to fuck over two of the most influential people who put Activision on top of the gaming industry? How pathetic can you get? I really hope justice is done here and Activision end up having to pay them double what they are deservedly owed or something.
Tachyon_Nova  +   1113d ago
You don't know any of the details of the case, yet blindly assume that west and zamp are in the right. Even though people think companies like Activision are 'Evil', which may or may not be the case, they aren't in the habit of engaging in law suits and bringing about the destruction of a popular studio for no reason.

There simply must be a reason that Activison withheld payments from these guys, and no I don't think its greed. They wouldn't just randomly decided to withhold contractually guaranteed bonuses for no reason which is what the anti-Activision people seem to believe they have done. The simple and obvious reason for this is that they would obviously lose the ensuing court battle, thus costing them more than if they paid up in the first place.

There must be a reason...
sovietsoldier  +   1112d ago
no they paid because each case would have to be fought in court and could cost them more money then paying so that's what they did.
momthemeatloaf  +   1113d ago
42 mill to activision is like a gram of coke to Charlie sheen.
Saryk  +   1112d ago
Very good analogy!
DJLB2115  +   1113d ago
In the end, activision wins no matter what. They simply are TOO PAID. Whatever they lose in this case, they will make back with a DLC release lol
perdie  +   1113d ago
.... on release date too
RedDead  +   1112d ago
While it's nothing to them money wise, everyone gets to laugh at them and their respect as a company will drop too
DJLB2115  +   1109d ago
that may be true bro, but once again they are TOO PAID and people will still buy thier games,and they will still get thier way because they have so much bucks. It sucks and all, but its true. "Whoever has the gold makes the rules." Dont believe me? Ask anyone who has had their home forclosed on due to the financial/housing crash. Same analogy applies here
badz149  +   1112d ago
I think they make more money
from Microsoft just by giving a 1 month time exclusive DLC for 360!
Dojan123  +   1113d ago
Even if the two win they will not get paid for a long time due to the appeal process.
Pintheshadows  +   1113d ago
So it's turned into a vendetta against West and Zampella.

Also, Kotaku, becaue isn't a word. Surely you have spellcheck or you could proofread. I'd forgive it on a smaller site but really?
josephayal  +   1113d ago
Is like 42 Cents
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TheModernKamikaze  +   1113d ago
Well deserved for West and Zampella.
ginsunuva  +   1113d ago
That's Bobby Kotick's pocket change from the map packs.
TheDareDevil  +   1113d ago
All devs should get the money they deserve, but 3 years late? Come on....
AngelicIceDiamond  +   1113d ago
Bout time Acti, 42 million$ huh.... ( If It Were Me) Major Shoe shopping time!!
younglj01  +   1113d ago
Only $42 million is that a typo?I'm sure they earned atleast $420 million.If it wasnt for the Modern Warfare brand the name CoD would have been killed.No World at War and no black ops Activision owns them alot more,this is nothing but a bigger thanks but fuck you in my eyes.
StayStatic  +   1113d ago
This is where all the money they make on DLC goes.
TopDudeMan  +   1112d ago
I'd just split it then go be rich somewhere.
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ape007  +   1112d ago
the COD series has never been the same since IW Real Talents Left
Wintersun616  +   1112d ago
I don't see any difference between now and then.

/jk
Axecution  +   1112d ago
you guys seem to think that just cause Activation is a big company, they should throw away money...

Its kind of mindblowing. Don't ever run a company.
Unlimax  +   1112d ago
Was Activi$ion trying to stop West and Zampella project just because they are working in EA , with their "Money" ... It's absolute jealousy !

The rule will never end .. They will get $$$$$$$$$$$$ more than that .. someone please broke that rule and let CEO.Bobby kotick die already for the love of Gaming industry !
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upallnightgamer  +   1112d ago
Screw Activision for trying to make itself look good in the eyes of the media without actually admitting guilt. I could see THAT without reading the whole article. I hope IWEG gets most if not all of what they're after.
Lord_Sloth  +   1112d ago
I wish somebody'd give me a check for $42 mil. XXXD

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