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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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Activision sucks Dick. I'll certainly think twice before buying another game of theirs. They have to be sweating after all this. Someone has to be thinking, we should have just paid them the money. They better not actually believe the name Call of Duty is more important than the people who actually make it. Gamers are smart, we won't pay 60 bucks for a name. You're screwed Activision. You screwed yourselves.
Really? 70 to 120 mil for 38 people? Some of it is obviously going to the lawyer, but that is a lot of money.
I hope activision loses because without MW2 they're just guitar hero and tony hawk. Go infinity ward!
Can't we all just get along?!
um. now i'm confused. Well safe to say it's time to take a bow
Boycott Modern Warfare 3!!1!
Lol Activision just keeps making itself look like a horrible brand to back your game. If you were a developer would you want Activison publishing your game? I wouldnt.
Activision made well over $1 billion...IW wants only a little over $100 million; that's not even 10% of their current profits, without including the map pack.
I feel bad for Blizzard because now their stuck in the mix for fusing with Activision.
Excellent (Mr. Burns fingers)
Activision will fall! Bobby Kotick will taste the dirt!
Some people are saying "They deserve it."
How do you know?
They may indeed deserve it and a trial or settlement will figure that out, but just because they put their name to a suit and make a claim doesn't make it true.
i like how the attorney says "our money"
Hopefully this means that even more people are leaving... Unfortunately, Robert Bowling is missing from the list, indicating that he may stay...
Oh boy, here we go again. I've been following this since the beginning and it just keeps getting more and more entangling every time somebody leaves or sues. Either way, I'll be happy when MW3 comes out, but IW really should get the money for MW2, especially seeing as it was supposedly the biggest entertainment launch EVER.
well at least we kno that ther is a mw3 but honestly this is making activision look bad
Yup. Activision is going to be in a lot of trouble for this
Activision is so gonna pay...
I just dont understand how some of these gamers can still support activision after all the wrong they have done (not even including what they are doing to IW). Some people just dont get it, activision has screwed the gamers and the game developers. Some peoples kids. . ... .
I for one will never purchase another activision game again - no matter whos developing it. activision can eat a Dick thats dirty!!!
Just...please...stop b*tching,IW employees(at least Vince and Zampella) arent comepltely clean
Just more people wanting " what they deserve" all i know is the next Modern warfare or w/e will probably lose some of it's greatness.
theres seriously something wrong with activision, didnt they make something like $2Billion from the modern warfare franchise alone? i hope the iw guys win including the main guys jason and what's his face and they claim the call of duty name then activision goes broke because no one will by their games now that they wouldnt have sht anymore