Activision has paid $439 million in bonuses to Infinity Ward

Monday, 28th May 2012 02:21 GMT By Brenna Hillier

As part of an ongoing trial against Infinity Ward co-founders Jason West and Vince Zampella, Activision has released a detailed breakdown of the bonuses it has paid out for Call of Duty.

Polygon reports the publisher claims to have paid a grand total of $493 million to Infinity Ward, including the $42 million paid just prior to the trial’s commencement.

The largest whack is the $147.46 million paid for Modern Warfare 2; West and Zampella’s dismissal is said to have resulted in their missing out on their entitled share of it. The damning details of the pair’s exit from the company is at the heart of their suit.

The bonuses include those paid for Treyarch-developed games using Infinity Ward’s technology and IP. The full breakdown is posted below.

  • 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)



  1. DSB

    Starving artists :P

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight

    Yeah I bet Activision was cringing when they wrote that check. Half a freaking billion dollars?!

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Unlimax

    It’s absolute jealousy my friends .. they don’t want them to work with “EA” !!

    My heroes .. Please just Say NO .. I wanna see how will this ends :P !!

    #3 3 years ago
  4. silkvg247

    The sad thing is, majority will go to the suits, whilst the devs, artists etc get pennies. Yet they did all the work. God, I hate the indsutry so much sometimes.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. GrimRita

    Ah this explains why the price is a joke.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Yoshi

    How the hell did they justify the massive difference between MW2 and MW3. I thought MW3 broke records again?

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – $147.46 million (studio)
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – $59.9 million (studio)

    That’s not even half.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Da Man

    #4 +1

    #7 3 years ago
  8. shogoz

    “starving artists” that would have won for a damned good reason if that much money is involved!

    #8 3 years ago


    They haven’t finished paying bonuses for MW3 yet.

    #9 3 years ago

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