Activision has paid Infinity Ward nearly half a billion dollars in bonuses pertaining to their involvement in the Call of Duty franchise.
Infinity Ward received several bonus payments for developing Call of Duty titles, as well as the commercial success of other installments in the IP that utilized their engine. Over $100 million was made from Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops alone. The full bonus figures are 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)
The Call of Duty publisher may have to fork out even more than they bargained for, though. As well as the $42 million they paid to several ex-employees of the Modern Warfare studio and their out of court settlement with EA, former Infinity Ward bosses Jason West and Vince Zampella will go to court against the firm tomorrow with their $1 billion lawsuit.