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."

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GraveLord2165d ago

Glad to see these developers are getting payed for their hard earned work.

Justice will be made here.

ilikestuff2165d ago

42 million eh? they'll make double that just in preorders.

zeeshan2165d 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!

dcbronco2165d ago

So Zeeshan, I guess you're saying the developers shouldn't have gotten paid? Hope your boss doesn't monitor your online accounts.

TekoIie2165d ago (Edited 2165d ago )


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.

jjdoyle2165d 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_Gamer2165d ago (Edited 2165d ago )

Smart move by Activision now the company will just focus their court case on West&Zampella...

EeJLP-2165d ago

Congrats on reading the first sentence.

360GamerFG2165d 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.

Brownghost2165d ago

Activision and EA I both extremely loathe

MidnytRain2165d ago

Hmm... can't say I've ever felt that way about a company.

SKUD2165d ago (Edited 2165d ago )

Translation: I've got nothing against drunk drivers but hate drug dealers.

Man In Black2165d ago (Edited 2165d ago )

Incredibly stupid analogy.

NeXXXuS2165d ago

I sell propane and propane accessories.

Les-Grossman2165d ago

Activision needs to be taken down a notch. So lets go West & Zampella

kreate2165d ago

It needs to be more than just 'a notch'

Prince_Dim-Lu2165d 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.

sovietsoldier2165d 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.

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