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Harmonix unaffected by Viacom sell-off

Rock Band developer Harmonix is still hard at work on Rock Band 3 and Dance Central despite uncertainty over its future. Owner Viacom announced this afternoon that it is looking to sell the acclaimed Boston-based studio. Harmonix is now referred to as a ‘discontinued operation,’ but its owner has offered …

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Unhappy Viacom to sell off Harmonix

Just four years after it bought the studio for an amazing $175m, Viacom has said it wants to sell off music game studio Harmonix. The corporate parent that owns the likes of MTV and Paramount, said today in an earnings statement that it had seen a third-quarter dip in earnings. …

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Activision should acquire Rock Band

Publisher Activision’s only chance of prospering in the music genre is to attempt to acquire the Rock Band IP from MTV owner Viacom, one US analyst has claimed. Its recent release Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock has got off to a rocky start in the US, with opening weekend sales …

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MTV: Dance Central is the first true dancing game

Forget Dance Dance Revolution and Just Dance, because Dance Central is the industry’s first ‘true’ game of its genre. That’s according to MTV Games, the publisher behind the Kinect launch title. The Harmonix-developed music game has garnered plenty of press attention since its E3 reveal, which has delighted MTV’s senior …

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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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David Walker joins MTV

MTV Games has confirmed that appointment of David Walker as its new international sales director of the international sales team. Walker, who was most recently at CDV before the company was forced to close, is an industry veteran of 15 years whose former employers include 505 Games and Atari. He …

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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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