The lights are on
If this headline seems familiar, that's because it is. Viacom purchased Harmonix in 2006, and it sold the developer in 2010.
Following the sale, Harmonix sued Viacom claiming that the media company was owed unpaid performance bonuses. The dispute made it to the Delaware Supreme Courts, and it ruled that Viacom pay Harmonix what it was owed. Viacom made an attempt to appeal that ruling, but today we learned that that appeal was denied.
According to a report from Joystiq, the conglomerate media company, combined with other disputes with Harmonix, now owes the developer $533 million.
[Source: Hollywood Reporter via Joystiq]
Our TakeDespite its issues with Rock Band losing popularity, Harmonix is still a successful developer that seems to be doing just fine financially. Harmonix may not be "the little guy" so to speak, but it is certainly "the littler guy" when it comes to butting heads with Viacom. It's good to see the ruling go in Harmonix's favor. The studio certainly deserves to rewarded for the work put into Rock Band.
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good for them :)
They could maintain their studio for a long time with that money.
I'm not a fan of Harmonix, but that's totally awesome that they're getting what's owed to them. Good for those guys:)
Viacom is evil, so no surprise here.
I like Harmonix, Rockband were the best Plastic music games ever, if Activision hadnt released so many crappy Post-Harmonix Guitar Hero Games we would still have Rockbands. Dance Central is the only existing good Kinect game, i wish Harmonix makes new kind of games tough... games that dont require the crappy Kinect thing...
Justice served for a change
Over half a billion dollars?!
Glad they got whats theirs
Wow, how did they think they could keep 533 million from them?
More Rockband songs NAOOO lol American Pie was a good finisher, but not even pro upgradeable!?! D: Way to stay consistent!