Activision & Developers Settle COD Royalty Spat

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – All is now good in the world of Call of Duty. On Friday, the BBC reported that a suit had been settled between game publisher Activision and two former employees who worked on the popular title. Specific financial details of the agreement were not divulged.

According to the report, the employees sued Activision after being let go in March of 2010, claiming the move was made so the game publisher wouldn’t have to pay royalties amounting in the millions. Specifically, the two worked under Activision subsidiary Infinity Ward.

However, the spat didn’t end with one lawsuit. Once leaving Activision, the two former employees launched new video game development company Respawn Entertainment, serving as an EA subsidiary.

Activision countersued the employees, claiming they had illegally taken resources from Activision to help create the new company. In a statement provided by the BBC, EA expressed pleasure regarding the settlement. “Activision’s refusal to pay their talent and attempt to blame EA were absurd,” the comment read.

“This settlement is a vindication of Vince and Jason, and the right of creative artists to collect the rewards due for their hard work,” EA continued. Call of Duty is one of the most popular titles in the console market. In November of 2009, Activision reported that the series had sold more than 55 million units.

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