Marty O’Donnell, the maestro behind the rousing musical scores of Halo and its sequels, has achieved victory in his efforts to claim compensation and back pay after his sudden firing. As reported by VentureBeat, a US court has approved a settlement that will see O’Donnell receive a little over US $95,000, which is broken up into back pay, damages and legal costs.
O’Donnell said in his court filing that he was given no explanation for the firing and that despite Bungie’s policy of paying out accrued leave and other benefits, this never occurred. Bungie of course saw things differently, but luckily for O’Donnell, Bungie felt forced to enter into the settlement.
Hopefully this hasn’t soured O’Donnell on the games industry as his work in the Halo series is exceptional. Maybe 343 Industries can entice him to join their studios to offer guidance on future Halo releases if only to keep those Gregorian chanting monks and 80’s synth players in gainful employment.