MTV Games has 'ceased publishing operations'

Label behind Rock Band officially out of the publishing game, but "has not been completely dissolved," according to reps.

Last week, a report out of the UK had MTV Games being closed down following the sale of Rock Band developer Harmonix to a private equity group. Today, reps for MTV Networks made it official--the label is no longer in the publishing game but still exists--for the time being, anyway.

MTV Games still exists, but it is out of the game-publishing game.

"MTV Games has ceased its publishing operations but has not been completely dissolved," a rep told GameSpot.

MTV's official line jibes mostly with an article last week from British trade site MCV, which had MTV Games' international offices closed down, with a skeleton crew remaining at its New York City headquarters. No mention was made of the MTV Games "incubation" substudio created in collaboration with prolific film producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean).

The cessation of publishing effectively marks the end of MTV Games' four-and-a-half-year experiment with the gaming industry. It began in September 2006, when MTV parent Viacom bought Harmonix for $175 million dollars plus a generous bonus structure. However, initial success gave way to unprofitability by 2009.

Soon, Viacom was seeking a refund for bonuses paid to Harmonix even before Rock Band 3 launched last October. By November, Viacom announced its intention to sell off the division, which it did in December for a reportedly tiny sum.

For more on Rock Band 3, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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54 comments
cr8ive
cr8ive

@Kokuro_Kun: It might not be as bad as you think. This trend has always been there, and will always be ... as long as there is quick money to be made in the gaming industry.. Big companies looking for ways to get more money.. buying independent studios, and when the studio failed to produce, they bail.. Personally I prefer to have games developed by people who love games, not because some CEOs in Monopoly-ville feel like getting extra income for the coming quarter. The bigger the company, the less attention they pay to the game (not always the case, but majority). How many bug-free games have we played lately? (ed: nothing is bug free, minimum bugs...)... a lot of great games being released prematurely... buggy as hell, terrible tech-support...why? Cuz all their employees have 100 other games with problems to take care of... I'll say quality over quantity, I can live with less awful games.

Kokuro_Kun
Kokuro_Kun

I dont think many of you understand how bad this is. So many game companys are being hit with lay-offs and shut downs. It's not getting any better folks and this trend has got to stop.

Frost259
Frost259

MTV isn't even music anymore, so they play newish songs on there teenie bopper show YAY! Really, with shows like Skins, Jersery Shore, Teen Mom, The Hills, and others. You are no longer MTV your highschool girl drama show. Glad there out douchebags.

SauhlGood
SauhlGood

haha. good. another trite factory closed down... id love to throw halo on top of that pile too...

cajunstrike
cajunstrike

Agreed. One should have been wary when sales of The Beatles version were described by the publisher as being 'strong' with no actual sales figures provided.

efunk25
efunk25

no if we could only get Mtv to stop making stupid tv shows. I did hear they may bring back Beavis and Butthead but if Mike Judge isn't involved it wont be the same.

Wylen0
Wylen0

Good, MTV is worthless now adays, I used to watch it all the time when i was younger but all the dumb shows they play now made me steer clear of it for years

NColdhardt
NColdhardt

You know what would make me watch MTV again? An 80's rock week.

simonsworld
simonsworld

mtv does suck yea, i remember beavis and butthead pc games! those were the days, alternative rock was at its apex and mtv was very rock, then it went rap in 96 time on wards,now awful pop and rnb crap, ok am done am not surprised by the recent decline tbh :)

hahamanin
hahamanin

no more rockband....another reason to celebrate for activision

MoK86
MoK86

BOUT TIME MTV sucks!!! what happen to the music? now with all those shows its more like MTV stand's for menstruation television

PandaTrueno86
PandaTrueno86

10 bucks says we'll see Jersey Shore: The Game Sims-style.

kungfuj0
kungfuj0

Now if we could only get MTV itself to cease operations! Now THAT would be awesome! I am actually old enough to remember when the M in MTV actually stood for something. Now its all just bull****...ALL of it!

XzAkUt3r
XzAkUt3r

MTV is bullsh!t, go drown yourself in Jersey's shore.

IdolConverge
IdolConverge

Will be missing Rock Band, I guess. Never did like MTV, couldn't really care less.

PATR0CLUS
PATR0CLUS

(Ashton Kutcher's Voice) "To all the readers at gamespot...., you just got punk'd"

juzek
juzek

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mcboone
mcboone

jersey shore the game, needs to happen.

SeeD
SeeD

MTV Music Generator was pretty great at the time.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

People still watch MTV? They might as well call it RealityTV. Next thing you know there will be a game for Jesery Shore.

smoke_dog_4ever
smoke_dog_4ever

Perhaps now Music Television (MTV) will start producing more quality products that are more in touch with their current last 10 years of programming.... games for the Wii such as "True Life: I'm a Teenage Mom" or a trivia game for Xbox Live Arcade or PS3's equivalent called "Name That Music Video That Doesn't Appear On MTV" (every answer given would be correct).

DLobotomist
DLobotomist

it would be funny if they make a Jersey Shore game.... and more people will bash it....

DLobotomist
DLobotomist

it would be funny if they make a Jersey Shore game.... and more people will bash it....

redskinStu
redskinStu

What??!? No more Jackass The Game and Pimp My Ride the Game?

fightmusician
fightmusician

"From the makers of Jersey Shore comes the newest RPG from the far away lands of the Jersey Shore!" This news has stopped the apocalypse, MTV is complete trash. Good riddance from the gaming world you will not be missed.

MrSelf-Destruct
MrSelf-Destruct

Did MTV Games make anything noteworthy in the first place? If they're anything like the channel has been in the paste decade I think it's safe to say... NO. MTV should be Drunk Gweedos and Pregnant Teenagers TV instead.

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

Ah man, I was really hoping for a Jersey Shore game :(

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

and i really dont care about anything mtv anymore, 16 and pregnant???????? i mean really, REALLYYY???? pure trash!!! they have done turned mtv into the junior high girl convention!!!!!

ZeroHalberd
ZeroHalberd

MTV can no longer be called Music Televison. Diarrhea Television would be better (DTV)

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

MTV has not been relevent since 1990. Once they started doing TV show (The "Real" World, Liquid Televsion, etc) it was down hill.

venomdeo
venomdeo

MTV should be called SRSTSTBO TV-Stupid reality shows that suck the big one TV LOLI liked MTV in the 80s and 90s tho .

gohoanq
gohoanq

I wish mtv would just die a HORRIBLE death and leave us all the hell alone.

brownstephen259
brownstephen259

i remember back in the day they use to have music video which made mtv popular but now its gone it a reality network so called no more music videos mtv sucks on tv they should bring down the tv network and bring back music videos

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

MTV should become RealTV, but they might get sued by Real and how realistic is the junk they show on MTV anyway?

RossRichard
RossRichard

MTV has sucked for at least the better part of a decade. Not really any news here.

Pickleking23
Pickleking23

Music, then freakin lame reality shows, now video games....who are you MTV?

soulless4now
soulless4now

They never should've gotten into games in the first place.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

MTV should close down their TV offices too, At least change the name to Reality Network or something....

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Just talking the other day about the fact that MTV used to be in touch with youth and music, and now it's the WB-turned-into-CW. And a bunch of others. What went wrong that MTV messed up this Whole Big Thing so badly these past 10 years???

Huskypaw
Huskypaw

Oh how wonderful! The only good thing MTV brought up was Beavis & Butthead and those are no more.

wilson_js
wilson_js

Does this mean new DLC will cease?

Raziel_0
Raziel_0

no a jersey shore game please!!!!

swamptick
swamptick

MTV long since lost touch with what people want.

EKGProd
EKGProd

These over ambitious companies spend millions to get in the video game business, realize they can't just fart out games and make money, get frustrated and quit. What kind of industry do they think this is? If you think for one second the money is going to come in fast and easy you got another thing coming. You have to be willing to spend the time and money to build up original IP's, advertising and a face for the company for us gamers to associate with.