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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.


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

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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.


"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...


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

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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...


"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...


"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...


"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...


"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...


"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...


"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...


"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...


"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...


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

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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...


"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...


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,...


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

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