According to a Gamasutra source “close to the matter”, the cash was awarded “as part of a review of the available evidence” leading up to the trial between the two parties that’s due to commence later this month.
The ex-IW leads are currently embroiled in a legal battle with Activision over unpaid royalties and damages from allegations of fraud following the pair’s dismissal from the company in March 2010.
West and Zampella have previously been awarded $22m as a launch bonus for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
However, the accrued sum is said to be “only a small portion” of what the pair are seeking in litigation.
Activision, meanwhile, is reportedly suing the pair for $400m.
The publisher claims that the pair breached their contract and, according to GameSpy, “conspired to steal the Modern Warfare brand in conjunction with Electronic Arts.”
But documents uncovered earlier this month could add another twist to the tale.
It was reported earlier this month that Activision may have breached its contract with Infinity Ward over the development of Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
According to leaked documents, the two companies reportedly agreed in 2008 that “any Call of Duty title set in modern day (post-Vietnam), near future or distant future, which shall be under the authority of Infinity Ward”.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which is set in the year 2025 and due for release this November, is currently being developed by Treyarch.
The trial goes to court on May 29th.
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