The legal battle between former Bungie composter Marty O’Donnell and Bungie continues; a judge has ordered that the developer must return shares to the composer. Back in April Marty’s sudden departure from the company shocked that gaming world, especially when he took to Twitter and said the he was “terminated.” “without cause.” According to published court documents, when O’Donnell left Bungie the company took back his founders’ shares. However, after last week’s hearing Judge Sharon Armstrong at JAMS, Inc. in Seattle granted O’Donnell’s injunction request to return his shares in the company. The agreement that both parties had was if O’Donnell left the company voluntary he would give up his founders’ shares. However, it looks like he did not leave under that circumstance.

Bungie argues that if O’Donnell founders’ shares where returned, he would become a “bothersome presence at board meeting and in the company.” Well, the arbitrator, ruled in favor of O’Donnell.

This is just the latest fallout in the legal battle between O’Donnell and his former employer over his departure. Just last month the court ruled that Bungie pay $95,014 to the long time veteran of the company for unpaid work, outstanding vacation time and damages. Bungie states that at the time of the O’Donnell departure he and company was on friendly terms, though the timing of his departure raised a lot of eyebrows because it came in the final 6 months of development on Destiny.

“At Bungie we don’t take that kind of thing lightly,” chief operating officer Pete Parsons said. “We don’t make those decisions lightly. We’re a team that’s committed to making an amazing game set in an amazing universe. At this time we won’t be commenting any further on it.” 

Source: Eurogamer

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  • Jumgo

    Since when is him being “bothersome” to the company legal grounds to take something away from someone? LOL. What a joke. I’ll add Bungie to my list of asshole developing studios that I won’t be buying from.