The drama with Activision and Infinity Ward continues once again. Thirty-eight ex and current Infinity Ward employees have filled a lawsuit against the publisher of the popular Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 first-person shooter, Activision, as reported by the LA Times. The Infinity Ward employees are claiming that they are owed between seventy-eight and one hundred and twenty-five million "United States Dollars (USD)" in royalties in addition to potential damages.
Seventeen of the employees that filled the lawsuit still work at Infinity Ward, and also, the thirty-eight ex-Infinity Ward employees represent around forty percent of the Modern Warfare 2 team.
The suit states that Activision has engaged in this inappropriate course of conduct in an attempt to force employees of Infinity Ward to continue to work a job that many of them did not want just so Activision could force them to complete the development, production and delivery of Modern Warfare 3.
The plaintiffs in this new lawsuit have argued that it should be consolidated with the ex-IW heads named Jason West and Vince Zampella's own lawsuit against Activision.
Activision claim states that if Infinity Ward heads West and Zampella had not been fired, the bonuses would have been around two point five times larger than the ones paid out at the end of March. "This was perhaps intended to place fault at the feet of West and Zampella, but it seems that it had the opposite effect.
An Activision representative responded that Activision believes the action is without merit, and that also Activision retains the discretion to determine the amount and the schedule of bonus payments for Modern Warfare 2 and has acted consistent with its rights and the law at all times.