Harmonix has just been sold

#1 Posted by ch13696 (4582 posts) -
#2 Posted by benjaebe (2783 posts) -

I would imagine it must be EA, though it sounds like they're doing fine and that's good to hear.

#3 Posted by AnxiousTube (198 posts) -

Well It doesn't sound like it was a bad thing so I'm glad and it sounds like everything at harmonix will be A-OKAY
#4 Posted by buwchbach (311 posts) -

I heard on twitter that they were "invested into" and are now independent.

#5 Posted by ch13696 (4582 posts) -
@benjaebe: I'm surprised Harmonix didn't go out swinging at Viacom, but it's probably better to end it on good terms instead of in a lawsuit.
#6 Posted by ch13696 (4582 posts) -
#7 Posted by CptBedlam (4449 posts) -

"The new owners, investment group Columbus Nova, have purchased Harmonix for an undisclosed sum, according to a Viacom statement this morning."
 
It's not EA.

#8 Edited by ch13696 (4582 posts) -
@CptBedlam said:

" "The new owners, investment group Columbus Nova, have purchased Harmonix for an undisclosed sum, according to a Viacom statement this morning."  It's not EA. "

Yeah I guess I read that wrong. I thought that Columbus Nova was part of Viacom.
#9 Posted by Hailinel (24289 posts) -
@ch13696 said:
" @benjaebe: I'm surprised Harmonix didn't go out swinging at Viacom, but it's probably better to end it on good terms instead of in a lawsuit. "
I don't see why they'd want to take swings at Viacom.  They had a healthy working relationship, from what I could tell from my view in the peanut gallery.
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#10 Posted by buwchbach (311 posts) -

A@ch13696 said:

" @buwchbach said:

" I heard on twitter that they were "invested into" and are now independent. "

It would be cool if that happened, but the Viacom press release says differently. 
 
http://www.viacom.com/news/Pages/newstext.aspx?RID=1510571 "
According to Jeff Green they are still indie though, and, you know, Jeff Green is always right. 
" An investment company called Columbus Nova bought Harmonix. Still: that makes 'em indie. And that's great news."
#11 Posted by suntone (98 posts) -

From what I managed to gleam from the post was that  Viacom sold Harmonix Music Systems to Harmonix-SBE Holdings LLC which is affiliated with Columbus Nova LLC.  Maybe this is just my poor knowledge of how these deals take place, but to me it reads that Harmonix bought its freedom with some money from Columbus Nova.  However I could be wrong in my interpretation of what was written in the messed up leagalize.

#12 Posted by JJWeatherman (14558 posts) -

Awesome. Best wishes to all at Harmonix!

#13 Posted by ch13696 (4582 posts) -
@Hailinel said:
" @ch13696 said:
" @benjaebe: I'm surprised Harmonix didn't go out swinging at Viacom, but it's probably better to end it on good terms instead of in a lawsuit. "
I don't see why they'd want to take swings at Viacom.  They had a healthy working relationship, from what I could tell from my view in the peanut gallery. "
After all the news came out that Viacom was selling them, a lot of people were stating it's because Harmonix and Viacom were always in a back-and-forth argument. Or was it MTV and Harmonix?
#14 Posted by melcene (3056 posts) -
@suntone said:
" From what I managed to gleam from the post was that  Viacom sold Harmonix Music Systems to Harmonix-SBE Holdings LLC which is affiliated with Columbus Nova LLC.  Maybe this is just my poor knowledge of how these deals take place, but to me it reads that Harmonix bought its freedom with some money from Columbus Nova.  However I could be wrong in my interpretation of what was written in the messed up leagalize. "
I think you may be on or close to the mark there.  It goes on to talk about how Columbus Nova is an investment firm... I think you're right about Harmonix buying its freedom.
#15 Posted by SlightConfuse (3963 posts) -

they are now an indie devolper being invested by Nova

#16 Posted by Zidd (1841 posts) -

Harmonix going back to being independent was the best thing that could happen in that situation. 

#17 Edited by MayorFeedback (674 posts) -

Yes, Harmonix is basically independent again with the help of a venture capital firm. They essentially bought themselves. 
 
From John Drake himself!! 
 
"Hey Guys:

We’re happy to confirm the news today that the sale of the company is complete. We appreciate all of your support, comments and warm wishes in the preceding few weeks.

Viacom and MTV Networks have been an amazing home for us over the past 4 years. It’s where we launched both Rock Band and Dance Central, worked with The Beatles, Green Day, AC/DC, The Who and thousands of other artists. We want to take a moment to thank everyone in that organization who helped make these awesome games possible.

We’re excited to be returning to our roots as an independent and privately owned studio. As for what it means for you, the DLC schedule marches on for Rock Band, we will continue our support of previously released titles and we’re hard at work on some unannounced projects that we think you’re going to be pumped about. 

Thanks for your continued support and stay tuned for more information here on RockBand.com, over @RockBand on Twitter and at http://www.facebook.com/RockBand.

Yours,
Harmonix" 
 
http://www.rockband.com/forums/showthread.php?t=211766

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