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Activision Forced To Pay Out £26 Million

Activision has been forced to pay out $42 million (£26 millIion) to those who worked on Modern Warfare, in a pre-trial payout during the ongoing legal dispute between the publishing giant and ex-Infinity Ward heads Vince Zampella and Jason West.

As it stands, Activision is accused by the pair for wrongfully dismissing them and breaching their employment contract by withholding payment from those that worked on the incredibly lucrative shooter, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Activision claims that they were let go for holding talks with rival FPS developer Electronic Arts.

"Although it is a meaningful payment it is only a small portion of what we are seeking in litigation," Bruce Isaacs, attorney for the ex-Infinity Ward staffers, said to Polygon.

"It is outrageous that they made us wait, they obviously knew they owed the money and this just shows that they breached the contract." He also said that this was just a legal move by the defendant in an effort to look good before the trial.

The money is planned to be split between 40 staff members that worked on the hit FPS game.

This payment is the second that has been made during this legal wrangle, the first being $22 million (£13.6 million). It is alleged by West and Zampella's lawyer that the pair and staff are owed between $75 and $125 million in total.

Both parties will appear before an LA judge today, so there could be further developments just around the corner.

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