Former IW Devs Seek Half a Billion from Activision
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
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]
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Classic Lightgun Doublepack Aims at Wii
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]