Long-time Bungie employee, Marty O’Donnell, has won his case against the developer and its president Harold Ryan. In May of this year, O’Donnell, who was Bungie’s in-house music composer since the original Halo, was fired, according to court papers, “without cause”. O’Donnell took Bungie to court for unpaid leave, unpaid sabbatical, and unpaid time off.
O’Donnell’s case has been concluded, and a King County Superior Court judge has ordered Bungie to pay O’Donnell damages amounting to around $95,000.00, or just over R1 million. This amount is made up of $38,385.00 in unpaid vacation time, and another $38,385.00 because the judge awarded O’Donnell double damages. Bungie also has to pay for the legal fees.
O’Donnell is one of the industry’s top composers and was behind the now iconic soundtrack for Halo. At the time of his firing, he’d been working on the Destiny soundtrack, which looks set to become just as memorable and influential.