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Activision: IW Received $493 Million In Bonuses Since 2003

Activision is facing a $1 billion lawsuit brought against them by former Infinity Ward bosses Jason West and Vince Zampella, who claim they're owed a ton of money in currently unpaid bonuses and royalties.

But in a Los Angeles Superior Court hearing, Activision lawyers claimed the company has paid out over $493 million in bonuses to the Infinity Ward studio since 2003.

It even goes beyond bonuses for the games IW produced; Activision says the team received "hefty bonus payouts" for games developed by Treyarch, too. In fact, they say Infinity Ward received over $100 million in "bonus pool payments" thanks to Call of Duty: Black Ops. Here's how the IW payouts breakdown according to Activision:

  • Call of Duty - $3.8 million (studio)
  • Call of Duty 2 - $69 million (studio)
  • Call of Duty 3 - $2.6 million (tech)
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - $74.5 million (studio)
  • Call of Duty: World at War - $13.96 million (tech), $18.68 million (IP)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - $147.46 million (studio)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops - $46 million (tech), $56.96 million (IP)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - $59.9 million (studio)

Lastly, Activision has claimed that the $147.46 million bonus pool paid to Infinity Ward for Modern Warfare 2 (the title most in question concerning West and Zampella) includes the $42 million "recently paid to a group of former Infinity Ward employees who quit in the wake of the firing of the studio's co-founders."

West and Zampella were fired for allegedly conspiring with the enemy; i.e., secretly siding with rival publisher EA to form their own studio, with the intention of making games EA could publish. Unsurprisingly, the duo tell a very different story.

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

5/27/2012 9:06:45 PM John Shepard

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Sunday, May 27, 2012 @ 9:53:02 PM

Thats it from now on im buying all cod games used even if i save just 5 bucks. Greed got to both activision and zampella and west.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012 @ 10:29:45 PM

Man, those numbers... from one engine...

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Sunday, May 27, 2012 @ 11:43:59 PM

Whoa..that much..

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Monday, May 28, 2012 @ 4:07:15 AM

they claim they have not been paid any royalties!
so what else are they lying about?
hmmmmmm, as the days go by more and more evidence keeps piling up against them!
sorry guys but this is looking like a pathetic attempt to get back at them for firing you!
your not doing your work, your bringing your team down, your breaching your contract, your conspiring with other companies, of course there going to fire you!

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Monday, May 28, 2012 @ 9:08:57 AM

im still on the developers side with this. Their issue isnt that they didnt get paid at all, its that it wasnt enough compared to how much the game made according to some sort of contract i bet. and you can see that for MW2 there isnt any (IP) payment at all.

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Monday, May 28, 2012 @ 10:18:17 AM

As far as I can tell, this has nothing to do with the old IW not getting paid for their last Antivision game, except to show that the old IW was always paid their bonuses before before the sh!tstorm.

So it seems to me like this is just additional evidence of Antivision screwing the old IW crew.

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Russell Burrows
Monday, May 28, 2012 @ 4:44:18 PM

Antivision just trying to screw the Developers over.
Sad that they are trying to kill the golden egg laying goose.

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