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Harmonix goes independent

Harmonix has established itself as an independent company after being sold off by previous owners Viacom. Harmonix-SBE Holdings is an affiliate of Columbus Nova, a private investment firm, positioning the Rock Band creators as an independent developer. The new direction for the company was revealed as Viacom announced it has …

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Harmonix suing owners Viacom

Harmonix founders Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozny are leading a lawsuit from a number of the developer’s former shareholders against current owners Viacom. It is alleged the MTV-owning company, which put Harmonix up for sale last month, is "manipulating costs" in an attempt to try and avoid bonus payments. Gamasutra …

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Activision silent over Harmonix buyout

Activision has spoken of its love for Rock Band developer Harmonix but refused to speak about a possible acquisition. Last month Viacom announced plans to sell off Harmonix, the studio which created the Guitar Hero franchise, following a third-quarter dip in earnings. When asked by Industry Gamers whether Activision would …

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Viacom: ‘Console game business requires skills we don’t have’

MTV Games parent Viacom says it doesn’ttheexpertise needed tocreate big-budget, successful console games. The company, which bought Harmonix for $175m and is now looking to sell them, says the ‘console game business requires an expertise and scale that we do not have.’ Viacom has revealed it will be focusing on …

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