40 Current and Former Infinity Ward Developers Suing Activision For $500 Million

Posted Apr 28, 2010

About 40 past and current Infinity Ward developers are suing the company because of breach of contract and unpaid royalties for the game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The class action lawsuit seeks $500 million from Activision’s Infinity Ward over unpaid bonuses, profit sharing, punitive damages and future profits from future games including Modern Warfare 3. The payments were withheld to prevent employees from leaving Activision.

“In short, Activision withheld the property of the IWEG in an attempt to keep the employees hostage so that Activision could reap the benefit of the completion of┬áModern Warfare 3, ” stated a document filed for the lawsuit. Jason West and Vince Zampella are two of the people behind the lawsuit. The two filed a lawsuit against Activision and is seeking $36 million in unpaid royalties. West and Zampella started a gaming studio of their own called Respawn Entertainment and even signed a deal with Electronic Arts already. [Kotaku]