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Guitar Hero faces US struggle

One US analyst has labelled the week one sales debut of new release Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock as dreadful”, pointing to stiff challenges for the music genre in the months ahead. Cowen & Company analyst Doug Creutz told CVG that the game sold just 86,000 units in its opening …

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Rock Band downloads hit 75m

Looking at Rock band’s boxed retail sales really is only half the story – Harmonix owner MTV has confirmed that over 75m purchases have been made through the game’s in-game digital portal. Each download on Xbox Live costs between 80 Microsoft Points (around 69p) and 240 MSP (2.06), with a …

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Konami and Harmonix settle Rock Band lawsuit

Konami and Harmonix have agreed to settle out of court after a two-year patent dispute over Rock Band. A Texas court filing said both companies had agreed to dismiss all claims and counterclaims” in the lawsuit, according to Bloomberg. Terms of the agreement have not been disclosed. The lawsuit was …

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Viacom reports strong quarter

MTV owner Viacom’s operating income for the quarter ending June 30th 2010 climbed 35 per cent to $794m Revenues were relatively flat year-on-year, up from $3.299bn last year to $3.301bn. Net earning jumped 51 per cent to $418m. For the six months ending June 30th operating income climbed 29 per …

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E3 2010: Rock Band 3 line-up revealed

EA and MTV Games’ music sequel Rock Band 3 will get a range of new Mad Catz peripherals to accompany the game’s release this Q4 – with the option of using MIDI instruments to play. Rock Band 3 was previously confirmed in March and will be available on Xbox 360, …

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Mad Catz posts record profits

Mad Catz has seen a year-on-year gross profit increase of 13.7 per cent for its fiscal year ending March 31. The total $36.4m profit is a new high for the peripherals manufacturer, up from $32m made the year before. Operating expenses dropped 10.7 per cent to $28.2m from $31.6m, giving …

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EA settles Gibsons Rock Band lawsuit

Electronic Arts is no longer being sued by music firm Gibson Guitar Corporation over its Rock Band controllers. The companies have told Magistrate Judge Juliet that they had reached a full settlement” and will be seeking dismissal of the case by June 14, according to a federal court filing. Terms …

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MTV expected more from Rock Band in Europe

In an exclusive interview with MCV, MTV’s general manager and executive VP Scott Guthrie has admitted that the publisher is not satisfied with the performance of the Rock Band franchise in Europe. The honest answer is no,” Guthrie admitted when asked if he was happy with the performance of The …

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‘Real guitar’ game puts pressure on Guitar Hero

A new US developer has decloaked at GDC, revealing a new game it thinks can revitalise the competitive mass market music game genre. Seven45 Studios is a Boston-based team of former LucasArts, Pandemic, Atari and Vivendi vets working on their first game, Power Gig. But as a subsidiary of music …

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