As of today, Activision has paid more than $493 million to Infinity Ward in bonuses for the use of their intellectual property. The Call of Duty series has profited immensely, and a court recently issued a statement that Activision has paid for its rights to the original minds behind the games. To the average person, the amount of money involved is immense – but when one looks at each game individually, it becomes a little more logical. The payments are broken down as follows:
- Call of Duty – $3.8 million (studio)
- Call of Duty 2 – $69 million (studio)
- Call of Duty 3 – $2.6 million (tech)
- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – $74.5 million (studio)
- Call of Duty: World at War – $13.96 million (tech), $18.68 million (IP)
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – $147.46 million (studio)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops – $46 million (tech), $56.96 million (IP)
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – $59.9 million (studio)
$42 million was paid in addition to Infinity Ward employees who had left the company during the making of the aforementioned titles. However, Activision still has a remaining $1 billion lawsuit from employees of Infinity Ward who claim that they did not receive their dues, as well as the former heads of Infinity Ward Jason West and Vince Zampella, who have claimed wrongful termination against Activision. The ongoing trial is now in debate over whether or not the employees were properly paid, and if not, how much they are rightly owed.
The hearing for the trial is set for Tuesday, whereas the case itself begins June 1st.