In March, it was announced that Infinity Ward was suing Activision over royalty payments owed to its ex-employees, after racking in over 1 Billion dollars since the Modern Warfare series was released. Now, it has been announced that the former exployees have filed suit against Activision under the IWEG (Infinity Ward Employee Group). The employees are claiming that Activision has breached their contracts.
The IWEG’s attorney Bruce Issacs exclaimed:
Activision has witheld 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. Activision has no right to withhold their money — our money.
The 38 former Infinity Ward employee’s are hoping to extract $75 million and $125 million in damages out of the case. Although, Activision stated before that bonus money is only for those who decide to stay with Infinity Ward. Only time will tell the fate for the IWEG.
As if that didn’t put enough stress on Activision, it was confirmed on April 23 Mike Griffith, CEO and president of Activision Publishing, resigned. Griffith’s shocking resignation came from their failing relations with Infinity Ward.
Although, he will still have a primary role in board and internal strategy meetings for Activision Blizzard, as he continue’s his reign as vice chairmen.