Infinity Ward received almost $500m in bonuses

Remember 2 years ago, when you couldn’t go to a gaming site without reading something about ‘Activision vs. West & Zampella‘? Well now, they are finally in court, and some intriguing facts have emanated from the case.

Overall, Infinity Ward have received in excess of $493m worth of bonuses from the mega-publisher. Perhaps even more incredibly, the developer received over $100m from Black Ops – a game they didn’t even work on. Another slightly bizarre matter is that the biggest entertainment launch of all time, Modern Warfare 3, resulted in lower bonuses than COD2.

Here’s the full set of figures, with kudos to the excellent Polygon:

  • 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)

For more recent news on Activision and insane amounts of cash, be sure to check out this story.

Written by Raj Mahil

Game collector. Journalism graduate. Batman addict. Movie goer. WWE nut. Sports obsessive. Arsenal fan. Sub-Editor.

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