Employees of Infinity Ward file suit for unpaid royalties, claim they are “held hostage”.
Activision owes my clients approximately $75 million to $125 million dollars,” said Bruce Isaacs, one of the IWEG’s attorneys at Wyman & Isaacs LLP, over the phone this afternoon. “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.”
Activision retains the discretion to determine the amount and the schedule of bonus payments for MW2 and has acted consistent with its rights and the law at all times.
The employees of Infinity Ward’s response:
Yep, within your legal rights. And we’re within our legal rights to cross our names off this list. (And it’s my understanding that there are more people who have left who aren’t yet reflected there.)
Bobby Kotick recieved over $50 million personally from the sale of Activision stock last year, for his work in destroying Activision’s second most profitable developer.