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Report: Activision Pays Out $42 Million To Ex-IW Employees

It's long past time to put this behind us, isn't it? Too bad we really can't just yet.

According to various sources, including The Verge, Activision has paid out $42 million to a group of 40 former Infinity Ward members implicated in a well-publicized lawsuit.

Anonymous sources claim this isn't a settlement; the Call of Duty publisher paid the money to the group representing former IW bosses Jason West and Vince Zampella after reviewing the facts of the case. The lawsuit is still ongoing. Apparently, Activision paid the $42 million because they believe that's what they owe the former employees. Now, the publisher may consider the matter finished (we'll see) and they will focus all their energy on dealing with West and Zampella.

Activision won a partial victory in the suit this past March, when a judge dismissed one of two fraud claims against Activision made by the two Respawn Entertainment founders. Last year, an IW exodus began after West and Zampella left; Activision says the two head men were fired because they were secretly planning to start a new studio and work with EA, while the IW bosses said they were fired because Activision didn't want to pay them what they rightfully deserved.

Well, at any rate, this will just keep going for a while...

Tags: call of duty, activision, infinity ward, vince zampella, jason west

5/15/2012 9:19:40 AM Ben Dutka

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 10:09:34 AM

I'd forgotten all about this!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 10:33:42 AM

Well, I guess that settles who was right, and who was wrong...Antivision, you suck.

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Sir Shak
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 11:42:26 AM

This was done just to gain emotional leverage before the trial begins, not because of some epiphany Kotick had. Forty two million dollars is pocket change for Activision, and they are being sued for much more than that.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 12:08:45 PM

I don't know who's right or wrong for sure here, but if the latter is true, Activision is one greedy ******* of a company.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 1:14:32 PM

I'll believe 2 gamers over hundreds of suits any day of the week.

Since this is such a public thing Activision wants to paint these two men as greedy by paying out before the hearings. Besmirch them as is their sleazy way.

I just hope it's all settled soon so these two can focus on Respawn's games.

Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 5/15/2012 1:14:42 PM

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 @ 6:46:37 AM

dosent really tell anything.
this seems to be in regards of the unpaid overtime and royalties which antivision was withholding because of insubordination claims.
if the claims of several IW employees conducting with EA while still under contract are true then id say antivision was totally within their right to do everything they have.
will be interesting to see what comes out of this to say the least!
ill put 50 bucks on a out of court settlement.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 @ 12:09:38 PM

Old people and their money

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