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The battle over unpaid Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 royalties escalated today. A group of 38 MW2 team members - 17 of them still current employees of developer Infinity Ward - have sued Activision.

The lawsuit (via LA Times) states that Activision owes IW's employees around $118 million. Of that sum, $82 million is owed to the plaintiffs of this suit. The remainder is owed to ousted IW heads Vince Zampella and Jason West, who filed their own lawsuit against Activision in March.

According to the lawsuit, the royalties were withheld from IW employees in order to prevent them from leaving. Activision allegedly wanted to keep them on the payroll so that the development of Modern Warfare 3 would stay on track. Apparently MW3 is/was slated for a late 2011 release.

A number of MW2 team members have left IW since West and Zampella were fired. Several joined the duo's new studio, Respawn Entertainment. I'd imagine some of the current IW employees now suing Activision will be jumping ship soon, too.