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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I had no idea that Modern Warfare 3 was already in development. Something tells me that the quality of the third installment will not be as great as the first two (and let's face it, MW2 was a BIT overhyped).
Hopefully there is some light ahead...
You deserve every cent Infinity Ward Employee Group
will this never end?
This whole thing has just got to be worthy of the longest and loudest sad-trombone in the world.
With so many people suing activision now, its easier to start seeing where more of the truth is.
Modern Warfare 2 is awesome and everything, and I probably am alone on this but, I really don't even feel that a 3rd game is necessary.
Not to burst peoples bubble, but activition will NOT fall, they may loose some money, but they still have tony hawk, WoW, mw2 profits,guitar hero, and they are continually making money. I personaly think that is way to much money for 38 people, even if some $ goes to the lawyers. Sure, activition really screwd up. But they won't go crumbling down because of it. They are insainly rich and somewhat greedy, but this is America, so seriously, who isn't greedy??? This is really a big renewal process for activition. They will learn from this, and I highly doubt that they like being called the big greedy billion dollar company. They willchange, so just give them breathing room so they can settle all of this and start all over on a new franchise... Good luck you rich 38 people... Hope u give ta haiti :)
I pretty much lost respect for Activision when they did the equivalent of a text message break-up with Double Fine over Brutal Legend. They just conveniently left Brutal Legend out of their press release for upcoming games. Harsh. When Double Fine turned to EA, they suddenly cared and sued. Effiin' ridiculous.
First of all the Tony Hawk Franchise is dying, and from What ive seen Guitar hero franchise is not going to make to much money for Activision, And i think that Infinity Ward deserve that money and the bonuses, because they made the game. Activision dint do S.H.I.T. for this game they just published and thats it. Activision is getting a Very Bad Reputation, and with Bad Reputation, what company want to work with you if you own them money. I think NONE. So Activision watch yourself because this is going to get really UGLY ,This S.H.I.T. is not going to stop until you go DOWN.
and so goes the death of the call of duty franchise
Activision is going to hire a hit squad,no joke. Im just curious how much ****ing money they made in 2009? Im sure Mr. Kotick is doing alright for himself at the moment. Its just kind of pathetic that they won't treat their employees right.
***** kodeck!!!! He is as bad as bill gates in my book
I bet there is still more to come. All i know is that is will not be giving money to Activison after this stuff...
Live long and prosper, Respawn. Your former host, IW, has now officially died in many gruesome ways.
No surprise there.
More power t IW employees!!
This just keeps getting uglier and uglier with no end in sight.
Anyone else think they should just wrap up the campaign story as a DLC? I don't think Modern Warfare 3 is gonna happen and I really want to see an end to the story.
Wow at this rate now one is going to wont to work with them even if they win the lawsuit
HA! Activision will never cough up the money.