The lights are on
In a brief statement released this morning, Viacom Inc. announced that it has sold Harmonix Music Systems. The buyer is one Harmonix-SBE Holdings LLC, marked as an affiliate of investment firm Columbus Nova, LLC. The amount of the deal remains undisclosed. In 2006, MTV Games bought Harmonix for $175 million, prior to the debut of the Rock Band Franchise.
"We’re excited to be returning to our roots as an independent and
privately owned studio," said communication manager John Drake in the official Rock Band forums. "As for what it means for you, the DLC schedule
marches on for Rock Band, we will continue our support of previously
released titles and we’re hard at work on some unannounced projects that
we think you’re going to be pumped about."
Viacom announced its intent to sell Harmonix back in November, noting that the decision was part of an exit strategy for it to leave the console gaming business. Viacom CEO Phillipe Dauman was quoted as saying “The console games business requires expertise and scale we don’t have.”
Since the announcement in November, speculation that both EA and Activision were interested in the studio circulated. While representatives of both companies had kind words for Harmonix, it became obvious that neither had intent to follow through with an acquisition.
A handful of Harmonix shareholders, including the studio founders, are currently taking legal action against Viacom, alleging that it has failed to payout performance royalties and that it mishandled the Rock Band franchise.
Must not say............evil word.......
Well at least it's sold. Congrats to Columbus Nova.
Hopefully these new guys do a better job with the studio than Viacom did. I would really hate to see Harmonix go south.
I wish Harmonix the best.
Oh, and you suck Viacom.
If they're happy, I'm happy... and that RB3 DLC is staying on schedule, that also makes me happy....
Awesome! Good for Harmonix.
Yay Harmonix! Keep that RBDLC comin'!
Glad to see Harmonix is going somewhere still.
Mtv is stupid.
congrats to Harmonix on coming back so quickly, i'm sure it was a wonderful early Christmas gift to have they're jobs re-secured.
I never heard of Columbus Nova, what company is that?
A company like Harmonix is better suited at the helm of their own ship. Now that they're back to being control of their own destiny, they can take the risks and bring to the table anything they find innovative, which knowing them could be killer.
an independent studio now...i like the sound of that...would have been a little more interesting if it partnered up with Activision