Activision pays back $42 million, former Infinity Ward group wants more
In arguably one of gaming's most heated battles, Activision has sent out a payment of $42 million today to the group of former Infinity Ward employees that are alleging Activision skipped payments on Modern Warfare 2 employee royalties.
As you can tell by the statement above, the ex-Infinity Ward employees are clearly unhappy with the "discovery phase" payment as Activision has called it. The group's lawyers even called the notion a "cynical" move to "sweeten up" the trial's jury. Indeed, the $42 million paid back is only a crumb of the $75 million to $125 million in unpaid royalties as well as $75 to $500 million in punitive damages that the group is suing for.
Though the trial for this case is scheduled in two weeks, many experts expect this to drag out a lot longer than both parties expect, even with Activision sending partial "discovery phase" payments. Since the case first launched, the former Infinity Ward employees have united together to open up a new studio, which has already begun production on several upcoming titles.