Activision pays former Call of Duty developers $42 million

Activision has handed over a check for $42 million to lawyers representing former Infinity Ward employees, Polygon is writing.

A source of the site claims that the figure includs 10% interest and is in addition to a previously paid $22 million, with 40 former IW workers — collectively known as Infinity Ward Employee Group — on the receiving end. The group previously claimed that Activision owed them unpaid Modern Warfare 2 royalties.

Bruce Isaacs, attorney for the group, called the move a “cynical attempt to look good before the jury trial,” which is set to begin later this month, on the 29th.

“I can confirm for you that it happened today,” Isaacs says. “I can also tell you that although it is a meaningful payment it is 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.”

Polygon’s source claims that the payment was made due to Activision finding no fault in the doings of members of the group and will now focus its legal efforts on former studio heads Jason West and Vince Zampella.

The group feels they’re owed more though and will continue its legal efforts as well.

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