Bungie pays $95k to Halo’s composer following a lawsuit against the company

Bungie pays $95k to Halo’s composer following a lawsuit against the company

As if things weren’t looking bad for Bungie already. First the game developing studio had to step on millions of heart that were gripped tightly towards their PS3 and PS4 consoles, announcing that the Destiny beta will be offline from the 21-22 July following maintenance procedures on servers required to accommodate the Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles and now this.

Bungie is the midst of paying $95,000 to composer Marty O’Donnell after a lawsuit was filed against the company and its CEO Harold Ryan. The reasons behind the lawsuit were unpaid benefits promised to Donnell after he got laid off by the company.


According to the settlement details, the total unpaid work payment that the composer will receive is $38,385, and with that, the same amount will be added once more in the form of damages. After legal fees and interest are stuffed in to the equation, the balance will shoot up to a total fee of $95,019.13. Not too bad for an employee who just recently got laid off by a company.

The lawsuit was filed on May 1st, and according to additional details, the lawsuit states that Bungie had violated its agreement to pay employees for the following:

  • Unused vacation
  • Paid time off
  • Sabbatical time
  • Additional benefits


Bungie filed a response on the 27th of May, denying all the allegations that the plaintiff had brought up. Marty O’Donnell was let go by the studio on April 11th and according to him, the layoff was ‘without cause’. Donnell’s music composing history is very well known. He was hired by Bungie in 2000 as an audio director after working on Myth 2, Oni and Halo: Combat Evolved’s soundtrack on a contract basis with his company TotalAudio. His most recent work has been serving as the audio director for Destiny, whose beta will resume after the 22nd, after Xbox console owners also join the fight. 

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