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Viacom ordered to pay Harmonix $383 million

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 28, 2011 6:45am PST

When Rock Band dev Harmonix and former owner Viacom argued over who exactly owed whom bonus money, resolution accountants were called in. After a rummage in the books, the jointly-appointed arbitrator has decided that Viacom owes Harmonix $383 million.

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"awesome. I love Harmonix and hope the judge tells Viacom to go cry some more. I have a Kinect ..."

- thecray see all 11 comments

Viacom files $131M suit against former Harmonix shareholders

By Steve Watts, Sep 21, 2011 8:45am PDT

Viacom has filed suit against the former shareholders of Harmonix, claiming it miscalculated a payout in 2007 and is now owed the difference. This mounts on top of a suit Harmonix shareholders filed against Viacom last year.

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"The more accurate statement is: Viacom sold HMX to their shareholders, reportedly for $50.00 ..."

- Masem see all 8 comments

Rock Band Dev Harmonix Sold, Goes Solo

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 23, 2010 2:00pm PST

Rock Band and Dance Central developer Harmonix has successfully been sold, former owner Viacom announced today, to itself--going privately-owned...

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"I have about 200 DLC songs. Plus all the imports. I'm probably around 400 to 500 tracks in ..."

- matrixneo42 see all 14 comments

Viacom Sued Over Rock Band Payouts by Former Harmonix Shareholders, Founders

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 21, 2010 6:20am PST

A group of ex-shareholders in Rock Band developer Harmonix, including several studio founders, are suing its parent company Viacom, Gamasutra...

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"This sounds a lot like the, "They'll NEVER sue us because they KNOW if they do, we'll sell their ..."

- HisDivineOrder see all 25 comments

Viacom Reveals Plans to Sell Rock Band Developer Harmonix

By Xav de Matos, Nov 11, 2010 8:20am PST

Within its third-quarter financial report, media conglomerate Viacom revealed plans to sell Harmonix, the developer behind Dance Central and the...

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"i havent played it in 4 months. had no interest in the latest game. im done with it."

- rtrson see all 19 comments

Gibson, Viacom Settle Rock Band Suit

By Jeff Mattas, Jun 09, 2010 2:40pm PDT

According to a report by Bloomberg Businessweek, the patent-infringement suit Gibson Guitar Corp. filed back in 2008 against Viacom--owner of Rock...

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"Gibson should focus their efforts on getting their QA department to stop sucking monster butt ..."

- panbient see all 2 comments

Harmonix Responds to Latest Rock Band Lawsuit, Labels It 'Opportunistic and Baseless'

By Chris Faylor, Nov 24, 2008 1:32pm PST

Rock Band developer Harmonix and owner MTV Games have responded to a $5 million-plus lawsuit regarding defective Rock Band kick pedals, labeling...

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"and since most people that play these games are NOT musicians.... tada! broken pedal."

- vertdang see all 20 comments

Harmonix Gets Rock Band 2 Class Action Lawsuit

By Blake Ellison, Nov 21, 2008 10:27am PST

Everybody involved in the making of music-rhythm phenomenon Rock Band--developer Harmonix, publisher MTV, MTV owner Viacom, and distributor...

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"not a conspiracy, just u cant make a good solid pedal for the cost of what they wanted to make ..."

- chilln see all 15 comments

Harmonix Founders Get $300 Million Bonus

By Blake Ellison, Nov 10, 2008 5:14pm PST

Viacom may be part of the same media empire as the money-hemorrhaging Midway, but that hasn't stopped the MTV Games parent from giving $300 million...

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"If HMX offers bonuses based on company performance, then they'll probably get a decent amount. ..."

- nuvm see all 24 comments

Gibson Claims Guitar Hero Games Violate Patent; Viacom Drops Guitar Hero Royalty Suit

By Chris Faylor, Mar 12, 2008 3:20pm PDT

Following guitar manufacturer Gibson's claims that the wildly successful Guitar Hero franchise violates a 1999 patent, Guitar Hero owner Activision...

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"why are people fapping over REAL name guitars becoming toys? if you wanna play guitar, go get a ..."

- tard21 see all 24 comments

Rock Band Earns Harmonix Possible $208M Bonus

By Aaron Linde, Mar 03, 2008 11:50am PST

The strong performance of Harmonix's multiplayer rhythm game Rock Band (PS2, PS3, X360) may have earned its former shareholders upwards of $208...

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"You earn $190 million on something... you pay 208.7 million in bonuses.... crazy."

- dirtypunk see all 13 comments

Rumor: Viacom Makes Take-Two Buyout Offer

By Chris Faylor, Feb 07, 2008 11:17am PST

Publisher Take-Two Interactive Software may be the target of a $1.5 billion buyout offer from entertainment conglomerate Viacom, according to...

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"That Civilization Revolutions game doesn't deserve the Civilization name. Look at how simple ..."

- leaked see all 4 comments

Midway: "Fewer, Bigger, Better" Games in 2008

By Chris Faylor, Dec 28, 2007 11:17am PST

Midway CEO David Zucker has a plan, one that he hopes will guide the video game publisher and developer to its first annual profit since 1999. The...

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"Ok, yeah it was the demo. But let me ask this... Do enemies spawn out of literally closets ..."

- Murdoc. see all 35 comments

Viacom Partners With Microsoft for Casual Gaming, BET Programming on Xbox Live

By Carlos Bergfeld, Dec 19, 2007 12:21pm PST

Viacom and Microsoft have teamed up for a mutually beneficial content and advertising deal, with a few gaming-related endeavors included in the...

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Bruckheimer and MTV Team Up to Found Game Studio

By Chris Remo, Dec 18, 2007 11:32pm PST

Viacom subsidiary MTV's game division has announced plans to work with prolific Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Kangaroo Jack, Flashdance,...

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"He picked the most shining examples of Bruckheimer's brilliance. None of that mainstream stuff. ..."

- xsoulbrothax see all 22 comments