Marty O’Donnell Fired by Bungie [Update]

By: Ray Smith | August 19th, 2014

UPDATE: Venture Beat has once again issued a report stating that “A court arbitrator (not the Arbiter sorry) has ruled that Bungie has to return founders’ stock to the fired employee” – which in this case would be composer Marty O’Donnell. Bungie lawyers objected that if O’Donnell’s shares were restored, he would be a “bothersome presence at board meetings and in the company,” according to the arbitrator.  However, despite the arguments from Bungie’s legal team the arbitrator overruled them and restored O’Donnell’s rights.

You can find more details about Marty O’Donnell’s termination from Bungie below.

Source: Venture Beat


PREVIOUS UPDATE: Venture Beat has issued a report that Marty O’ Donnell has won his legal battle against Bungie Chief Executive Harold Ryan, for unpaid wages.  O’ Donnell filed his lawsuit on May 1st, 2014 and has been awarded a settlement for over $95,000.  The breakdown consists of $38,385 for unpaid work and vacation time, as well as $38,385 in double damages.  When you tack on Attorney’s fees and various court costs, Marty O’Donnell will walk away with $95,019.13.

Source: Venture Beat


PREVIOUS UPDATE: Venture Beat is reporting that Marty O’ Donnell has filed a lawsuit against Bungie and Harold Ryan, chief executive at Bungie.

O’Donnell said in the filing that Bungie and Ryan gave no explanation for the firing. The suit notes that Bungie has a policy to pay employees accrued but unused vacation, paid time off, sabbatical time, and other benefits. Ryan and Bungie reportedly promised to pay.

Separately, O’Donnell has other grievances against Bungie and Ryan, and those matters are being pursued in arbitration. But that dispute isn’t described in the lawsuit. O’Donnell is asking for double damages in the lawsuit.

This offers a little bit of insight into why O’ Donnell left Bungie in April this year.

Source: Venture Beat

ORIGINAL: News hit early Wednesday morning that Marty O’Donnell, Bungie longtime composer had recently been terminated by Bungie’s Board of Directors on April 11th, 2014.

This comes as a huge surprise considering Destiny will be releasing this fall in September, Marty O’Donnell had also been working with Sir Paul McCartney at Bungie for the upcoming soundtrack.

No words on why it happened yet, we will update this article once the information becomes available. We wish Marty O’Donnell the best of luck on future projects.

Update: Bungie Releases Statement

For more than a decade, Marty O’Donnell filled our worlds with unforgettable sounds and soundtracks, and left an indelible mark on our fans. Today, as friends, we say goodbye. We know that wherever his journey takes him, he will always have a bright and hopeful future.

We wish him luck in all his future endeavors.


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