The lights are on
The never-ending saga of Infinity Ward vs. Activision continues
today with a new lawsuit, this time brought about by 38 plaintiffs that
are calling themselves the "Infinity Ward Employee Group." G4 obtained a
copy of the lawsuit, which contains many details.These IW
employees are looking to recover between $75 million and $125 million
from Activision. This range takes into consideration numerous unpaid
bonuses and other compensation deriving from MW2's massive sales
numbers.Bruce Isaacs, an attorney from the group, spoke with G4
on the phone today:"Activision owes my clients approximately $75
million to $125 million dollars," said Issacs, "Activision has withheld
most of the money to force many of my people to stay, some against
their will, so that they would finish the delivery of Modern Warfare 3.
That is not what they wanted to do. Many of them. My clients' entitled
to their money. Activision has no right to withhold their money - our
money."According to the lawsuit, this group is alleging that
Activision "improperly withheld this specifically identifiable sum of
money from the members of IWEG in order to force them to keep working
for Activision so that Activision could receive delivery of Modern
Warfare 3." It claims that they did so "in an attempt to force
employees of Infinity Ward to continue to work at 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
list of plaintiffs is as follows: Todd Alderman, Frank Gigliotti, Roger
Abrahamsson, Brad Allen, Mohammad Alavi, Richard Baker, Chad Barb,
Keith Bell, Chris Cherubini, Taihoon William Cho, Chris Dionne, Joel
Emslie, Robert Field, Steve Fuduka, Robert Gaines, Chance Glasco,
Preston Glenn, Joel Gompert, Chad Grenier, Mark Grigsby, John Haggerty,
Jacob Michael Keating, Chris Lambert, Ryan Lastimosa, Fairfax S.
McCandlish IV, Jason McCord, Brent Mcleod, John Paul Messerly, Stephen
Miller, Zied Rieke, Jon Shiring, John Slayback, Richard Smith, Geoffery
Smith, Jiesang Song, Todd Sue, Rayme C. Vinson and Lei Yang.It's
worth noting that not all of these employees have left the company as
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Bust out the nuclear warheads, Activision is toast.
"Modern Warfare 3"? I thought I heard they were making a Vietnam war based game.
If Activision wasn't worried about the West/Zampella lawsuit before, this lawsuit in combination with the fact that Infinity Ward is still hemorrhaging employees should have them sweating buckets.
The Treyarch studio is making the supposed 'Nam game.
This suit falls in line with the previous news that Activision did owe Infinity Ward employees money and was just starting to pay but just the ones who were still working there. I find it hard to believe that Activision could legally use a guideline for payment/bonuses that requires continued employment after the project is complete.
I find it very interesting that there are current Infinity Ward people in the mix as well. I think it shows they aren't just a discruntled group getting back at the company they used to work for. They just want to get paid for their work.
my god this will never end. sigh the future of mw3 looks foggy.
I wouldn't be suprised if Blizzard is loading a cannon.
Probably haven't left because they were hoping for their money.
i hope this ends soon so they can make some freaking games!
activision should pay them so we can all move on
This is really sad.
In a surprise twist, it seems that EA is suing BOTH Infinity Ward Employee Group and Activision as well as Bethesda for suing Interplay who is suing Black Isle Studios (which, unfortunately for them, don't exist anymore).
this entire ordeal=nobody's happy
The jig is up, Activision. Stop running.
"It's worth noting that not all of these employees have left the company as of yet."
Me thinks we won't have to wait long. I'm guessing it will account for tomorrows news.
Lets sit back and watch the fall of Activision and Modern Warfare shall we?
well, while i want a MW3, i am PISSED at execs these days. i swear to jesus, i bet the think this kind of *** is "good publicity". if i hear about one more piece of *** the collective executive monkey throws at developers, i will personally *** in there consuls and ram it down there throats. long story short, *** OFF PUBLISHERS. YOUR JUST *** UP THE GAMING WORLD!
@ Colton Cunningham i hope to god not.
it just doesnt stop...
They deserve the money they didn't get to be honest, but I am getting sick of the lawsuits going back and forth. Why can't they settle it sooner.