Activision’s legal battle with former Infinity Ward leads Jason West and Vince Zampella has taken the spotlight, but that isn’t the only legal battle with former Infinity Ward employees that Activision is going through.
Activision is also being sued by the “Infinity Ward Employee Group” for unpaid royalties and bonuses for their work on Modern Warfare 2. The group was asking for between $75 and $125 million in unpaid wages, in addition to up to $500 million in punitive damages.
Today, there are reports that Activision agreed to pay $42 million to the group’s lawyers after its discovery phase determined that the Infinity Ward Employee Group members were not implicated in its own lawsuit against West and Zampella over breach-of-contract.
“I can confirm for you that it happened today,” Bruce Isaacs, attorney for the Infinity Ward Employee Group, 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.”
The Infinity Ward Employee Group and its lawyers still plan to pursue the full amount they’re asking for from Activision.