Former ‘Halo’ Composer Marty O’Donnell Files Lawsuit Against Bungie

Published 11 months ago by , Updated June 7th, 2014 at 1:18 am,

Marty ODonnell Bungie Lawsuit

Nearly two months after his unceremonious termination from Bungie, it appears Marty O’Donnell is still not done with his former employer. As it turns out, the Halo and Destiny composer has filed a lawsuit and is seeking damages from Bungie’s Harold Ryan.

O’Donnell’s lawsuit against the Chief Executive was filed back in May of this year, but has only recently come to light. In it, O’Donnell alleges that he has not been paid “unused vacation, paid time off, sabbatical time, and other benefits” that were part of his employment agreement. Now, he is seeking double damages as part of his lawsuit.

Shortly thereafter, May 27th to be exact, Bungie filed a countersuit claiming that O’Donnell wasn’t due any compensation. And thus far, the two entities are at a stalemate. O’Donnell is also pursuing additional damages, likely stemming from his sudden termination, but the details of that suit were not included in this one.

Marty O’Donnell’s termination came as a major shock to both Bungie fans and fans of the composer’s work. O’Donnell was not only (seemingly) hard at work on the music for Bungie’s upcoming online shooter Destiny, but he his prior work included the classic tunes from the entire Halo franchise; before 343 Industries took over with Halo 4. For all intents and purposes, O’Donnell was one of the faces of the company.

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Then, to hear straight from O’Donnell that he had been “terminated without cause” drew a lot of suspicion from gamers. How could a long-standing staple at a company simply be let go so unceremoniously? Such is the nature of the business, I guess.

While we will likely never learn the true story behind O’Donnell’s termination, unless this lawsuit makes it all the way to court, chances are it won’t be long before the composer finds new employment. After all, with a resume that includes some of the most recognizable video game music of the last few generations, developers should be lining up to hire O’Donnell. In fact, we know of a certain Star Wars game that is staffing up for development and is likely in need of a composer.

As far as O’Donnell’s most recent work, we should be seeing a lot more of Destiny at E3 2014. So stick tuned to Game Rant for all the latest news from the event.

[UPDATED: It appears earlier reports regarding the lawsuit have been slightly confused. O’Donnell is not suing Bungie the company, but its Chief Executive Harold Ryan. Hat tip: Shalkowski]

What do you think happened with Marty O’Donnell and Bungie? What franchise would you like to see him do the music for now?

Source: VentureBeat

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TAGS: Bungie, Destiny, Halo

  • Shalkowski

    I think him and Harold Ryan have been together too long and they are just getting sick of eachother. I mean why else would they fire him? Also hes not Suing Bungie, just the head of the studio. It sounds like he has no hate towards Bungie itself, but more of a personal issue with him and the head of the studio. Just my thoughts.

  • Suspicious Gamer

    With all of the new employee and other staff highlight posts they put on the Bungie webpage they really always made Bungie look like the best place to work ever. This makes me think that they are dicks. Unless there is more to this story.

  • Branden

    He probably said the wrong thing to the right person and caused a serious amount of unforeseen circumstances to take place.

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  • AlexMech

    Yeah, Destiny was not a shoe in for me, but O’Donnell was a good reason to give it a second look. Now, I don’t think so, the whole MMO thing is tiresome, and without a soundtrack to go along with the visuals, who cares? Halo 4 was a flop in that regard, and that’s that. It does not matter if the food looks appetizing, if the smell is off…