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Bungie Pays Halo Composer $95,000 in Lawsuit Settlement

by Ron Duwell | July 22, 2014July 22, 2014 2:30 pm PST

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Shortly after Halo and Destiny composer Martin O’Donnell left the halls of Bungie on what he described as being terminated without cause, he filed a lawsuit against the company. In his suit, he says that Bungie wrongfully fired him and did not fulfill its agreements to pay “unused vacation, paid time off, sabbatical time and other benefits.”

Rather than take this to court, Bungie has settled with its long-time popular composer. VentureBeat reports that O’Donnell will receive $38,385 for unpaid work and a matching $38,385 for damages. With interest and other legal fees, his settlement comes to $95,019.13. King County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ramsdel approved the deal, and hopefully both parties can move on.

Fans of O’Donnell’s excellent music need not worry, for the apples are not that sour on Bungie’s part. The company owns the music he composed for Destiny, and it is still being used in the game due for release on Sept. 9 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.

In fact, many of you are probably enjoying it right now in the beta. How does it hold up to his groundbreaking work in the Halo series?


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...