Activision pays $42 million to former Infinity Ward members

Later this month, the long awaited trail between publisher Activision and the two founders of the developer Infinity Ward is supposed to begin. Now it looks like Activision is trying to make some pre-trial moves to focus their full attention on the duo of Jason West and Vince Zampella. The Verge reports that another, larger, group of 40 ex-Infinity Ward team members have received a total of $42 million from Activision.

The amount of money isn't considered to be a settlement but rather a payment for the royalties that were owed to the group for the sales of the 2009 released shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Bruce Isaacs, the attorney for the Infinity Ward Employee Group, said that while the payment was indeed made to the group by Activision it was " ... only a small portion of what we are seeking in litigation. It is outrageous that they made us wait, they obviously knew they owed the money and this just shows that they breached the contract."

Isascs added the group's lawsuit against Activision will still be pursued. Meanwhile, the trial between Activision and the two founders of Infinity Ward is still scheduled to begin on May 29th. Activision fired West and Zampella in 2010, accusing the duo of "breaches of contract and insubordination". West and Zampella fired back with their own lawsuit, claiming Activision didn't want to pay them the promised bonus money for Modern Warfare 2.

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