In 2014, Marty O’Donnell, music composer of Halo and Destiny, was fired by Bungie. At the time, there was no apparent reason, with the contract terminating out of the blue. Marty O’Donnell filed a lawsuit against the studio, and has now won.
The arbitrator added that the company [Bungie] dishonoured the agreement with the composer when it terminated O’Donnell and reportedly forced him to surrender his stocks as well as forego involvement in Bungee’s profit participation plan.
“I’m happy this is over, and I’m ready to move on,” O’Donnell said in an interview.
O’Donnell was owed an amount of $142,500 for his work last year, as his first payment of the profit-sharing award, reports Techtimes.
O’Donnell also filed another case, relating to unpaid earnings for overtime during his time working on Destiny. Following this, he was awarded $95,000, which he put into a new founded studio called Highwire Games, which he established alongside Jaime Griesemer, a game designer and also a former employee of Bungee, as well as Jared Noftle, a co-founder of Airtight Games.
The results of the case mean that Marty O’Donnell cannot in any way claim ownership over the music of Destiny, which now belongs to Bungie. Last year, Marty created the theme tune for the Video Game Awards hosted by Geoff Keighley.