Rock Band publisher apparently closed down following sale of Harmonix to private equity group.
Last month, Viacom sold off Harmonix, the developer behind the hit rhythm game series Rock Band and Dance Central, to a private equity company. The move left MTV Games, publisher of the Rock Band series, without its biggest studio--or a game series to publish.
It is unsurprising, then, that today comes a report saying that MTV Games has closed its doors. According to an unconfirmed article on British industry site MCV, the label's international office in London was completely shuttered yesterday. A skeleton crew apparently remains on board in the publisher's New York offices to mop up outstanding financial issues.
The fate of MTV Games' other studio, a collaboration with prolific film producer Jerry Bruckheimer, remains unclear. That outfit formed in 2007 with the intention of being an "incubation studio" designed to conceive of games but not actually build them.
Multiple requests for comment sent to MTV staffers had not been responded to as of press time. If true, the closure marks the end of Viacom's four-and-a-half-year experiment with the gaming industry. It began in September 2006, when 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.
Eh, MTV Games won't be missed.....MTV Music Generator though....that's different, that was a cool game at least the first one was...
About damn time... Those stupid guitar games are just copy and paste rubbish with different bands... Let them all die.
MTV used to stand for Music Television. They should change their name because they no longer play any music. How about BDTV... for Brain Dead Television? ;)
Oh dear lord thank you. The last thing those people need is another hand in another media. They've already poluted television with their low rate crap.
Damn they threw in the towel quickly. Without even an effort to make somehting for themselves. I guess this means no Jersy Shore videogame.
mtv doesnt play music, so why make or publish a game based on music. what else is new. and gamespot, you guys need to have a disclosure... you guys are owned by cbs interactive, which is owned by viacom, which owns mtv... no shame in admitting that, but... mtv just sucks. i bet mtv games was busy making a jersey shore game. HA!
@hunter8man, Here, here to that man! It's sad the state of MTV (at this point in time) is pathetic, to say the least (and that's just the 'nicest' thing I can mention w/o being multi-censored, lol). The last time I voluntarily watch anything on there was around the time MJ passed away, that's it. I know it's far-fetched to dream, but I still cling to day someone wakes up there and remembers (if there even IS any 'original MTV' heads there) what truly made MTV special back in the days.... Anyhoo, reminiscing aside--I'll say it's definitely sad to see any company close; but to be honest, it's not wholly unexpected w/ MTV Games. Much like how they seem to run their channel (now), their downfall came in that they never thought outside of Rock Band. All the eggs they put in their basket (as my Momz used to say) was for nothing but Rock Band--I guess they never thought 'what if' something happens to that franchise.
Out of topic maybe, but MTV is the channel I think I was forced to get for free because I would never pay for that wonder anyway. VH1 at least do have something good and interesting sometimes. Rock Band? Well, they actually forced people to pay for couple of songs and to pay for plastic guitars and other "cool" stuff... It's way cheaper to buy Wii then and to just buy your favourite band's album in local music store (which will benefit them much more).
@hunter8man Palladia seems to have taken that place. They frequently have interesting concerts, and music related things on it.
I can't wait for the day MTV gets "shuttered". Then maybe someone to start the channel from scratch again, and make it how it used to be.
MTV is nothing but a shell of its former self. The reality tv shows there stink. Their award shows VMA and Movie Awards are a joke. The reality tv shows. Man I used watch MTV long time ago when they used to show awesome music videos from all genres. MTV should be Shuttered.
And to think...they could have easily have just updated Rock Band 1 with new features for free, released Rock Band 2 and 3's sound tracks as DLC, made the new instrument a £10 upgrade (plus buying the new instrument of course). And they might still be going today... Don't milk the market dry. I'm looking at you CoD.
i still remember mtv as an all music video channel and its fun watching random vids all day long. today its just another channel full of crap, i dont know why they call them reality shows but everythings scripted top to bottom and dang how i hate jersey shore. watch NGEO or discovery for reality shows and you might grow a couple neurons in your brain as a bonus.
Hope this becomes a cautionary tale for the industry on not bleeding a game series dry. I'm dumbfounded that it only took them 4 years to kill a series that was universally praised and did exceedingly well in sales.
@namdar Ya Ill give you that plus I've seen some episodes of jersey shore and there so stupid its hard not to laugh lol.
@Megavideogamer What do you mean? As far as I'm concerned, Mtv is already defunct. The M now stands for Miscellaneous. Most people get their music online, even their staff have sugar coated opinions, everything is biblegum. MTV's mentality is to ride on commercial popularity--they don't have a maverick sense of purpose.
MTV needs hurry up and make the M in their name officially stand for mindless or moron considering when all you show is douche bags on the jershey shore, pregnant teens, and child porn what else can the M stand for.
MTV itself needs to die.... it has NOTHING to do w/ music now.... just rename that ish why dont u???? call it RTV or something.... and so far as music game fads? yah dats a rap DDR willl come bax to the top soon
I agree Taegre. There is so much potential if they would just go back to what they did best....music. I don't care, sorry. I do care about the future of Harmonix. The one company that beat Activision in every way possible when it comes to the music genre of games. What Harmonix did was great and I hope they continue to keep doing just what they are doing.
Man, I miss when that MTV logo used to inspire that mix of grit, rebelliousness, rage and pride. Now it just inspires rage.
Now I would be for just closing MTV down all together because it is probably one of tv's WORST networks in terms of what it's currently airing...........BUT!............. Beavis and Butthead is coming back!!! :) :) :)
People without any business sense saw this coming too. The fad was fading fast at the point of acquisition. It would have been profitable had they brought some innovation to the genre, but they chose instead to put more nails in the coffin with more and more needless content and needlessly making a lot of new content disc-based and expensive for consumers. Gamers, no matter the genre or license, are not suckers. If developers and publishers want our money, they'll have to make their games worth the purchase.
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