Viacom Sells 'Rock Band' Creator Harmonix

3:16 PM PST 12/23/2010 by Philiana Ng

The company, also behind “Guitar Hero,” was sold to New York investment firm Columbus Nova.

Viacom has sold Rock Band creator Harmonix Music Systems.

Viacom had announced in November its intention to sell the company, but on Friday, it was made official. Harmonix, also the maker of Guitar Hero, was sold to New York investment firm Columbus Nova.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Harmonix released a statement regarding the sale, saying, “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. "

Read the complete Harmonix statement below:

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

comments powered by Disqus