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From Activision's Half Billion to Gunblade Reincarnation - News Roundup 28th April 2010

Jonathan Lester
Activision, Games news, Gunblade, Infinity Ward, Sega

Former IW Devs Seek Half a Billion from Activision

From Activision's Half Billion to Gunblade Reincarnation - News Roundup 28th April 2010

It started with West and Zampella, but now 38 current and former Infinity Ward employees have joined together in order to take Activision to task (and to court). Known as the Infinity Ward Employees Group, they're suing Activision for $75-125 million comprising promised bonuses, interest, profit sharing, royalties, and stock options, and interest. Oh, and punitive damages of between 75 million and half a billion dollars. That's an american half billion ($500M), by the way.

The IWEG contends that Activision defied local labour laws by withholding MW2 royalties as a punitive way of ensuring employee fidelity (which has been proving very unsuccessful as of late), but their PR department has issued a standard legal brush-off.

"Activision believes the action is without merit," reported a company spokesperson to G4. "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. We look forward to getting judicial confirmation that our position is right."

In other news, eight more IW staffers have flown the coop since our last update; including one of their HR employees. Almost the entirety of the creative team has now fled- and you know the situation's going from bad to worse when even the human resources department starts jumping ship! [G4]

Activision CEO Resigns, Gets Bonuses

From Activision's Half Billion to Gunblade Reincarnation - News Roundup 28th April 2010

Mike Griffith, CEO and president of Activision's publishing subsidiary, has resigned. But not before collecting $250,000, discretionary bonus and 50,000 shares as a leaving present. He'll be concluding his rolling contract as VP of Activision Blizzard within 12 months. Whether his resignation is linked to the Infinity Ward scandal isn't yet clear, but we're willing to bet that it didn't help matters.

It's shameful and disgusting interesting that Activision execs are guaranteed their bonuses even if they resign. Still no word on when they plan on divvying out Infinity Ward's MW2 royalties. [Gamesindustry.biz]

Right, it's time to take sides or play devil's advocate. Or tell us that you're fed up with the games press' constant coverage. Drop us a line in the comments!

Classic Lightgun Doublepack Aims at Wii

From Activision's Half Billion to Gunblade Reincarnation - News Roundup 28th April 2010

I built an arcade cabinet two years ago. Dismayed by the recent lack of decent lightgun games, I managed to rig up three retro consoles inside a CRT arcade shell along with almost every major light gun shooter ever released.

Turns out I could've just bought myself a Wii instead.

Classic coin-op shooters Gunblade and LA Machinegun will be hitting the Wii this summer as a doublepack of arcade goodness. The colleciton will include emulations of both games along with new features, combo modes and a minor graphical facelift- and will be designed for the Wii Zapper. Whether it will support MotionPlus remains to be seen.

It's great to see the old SEGA Model 2 games make a comeback- and we can't wait to clean up America's airspace with helicopter-mounted machine guns once again. This might be the game that sells me a Wii! [SEGA]

Add a comment4 comments
Brendan Griffiths  Apr. 28, 2010 at 18:27

Infinity Ward, Activision... it just never ends. It's like seeing Royal Mail, British Airways on the news permanently on strike. Be grateful you've got a job and get back to work you lazy money-grabbing wankers

Gunn  Apr. 28, 2010 at 18:48

Its the usual story, company promises great rewards and big bonuses but when it's time to pay out, they use the discretionary clause to withhold, it should be a criminal act.

ODB  Apr. 29, 2010 at 10:11

hope the departed team comes up with something real good

Jonathan Lester  Apr. 29, 2010 at 13:49

You and me both, fella. Here's hoping that Respawn AND Activision can soon settle down and start making some games!

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