Activision has paid Infinity Ward over $493 million (£314m) in Call of Duty bonuses since 2003, according to the publisher's lawyers.
Polygon reports that Infinity Ward receives bonus payments not only for internally developed Call of Duty games, but also for the success of games built by other Call of Duty studios using IW's internally developed technology, and for games that use the Call of Duty IP. The studio made over $100 million (£64m) off of the success of Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops alone.
Here's Infinity Ward's bonus break down per game:
- 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 figures were revealed as Activision prepares to face a $1 billion lawsuit brought against it by former Infinity Ward bosses Jason West and Vince Zampella, and a further 38 ex-studio members. The case goes to trial on June 1.