Viacom May Need to Pay Harmonix a Total of $700 Million to Sever Ties Completely

on January 2, 2012 6:00 PM

Looks like Viacom got more than it bargained for when it bought Harmonix in 2006. The media conglomerate sold its stake in the Rock Band-maker for $50 back in 2010, but not before getting slapped with a lawsuit by the developer for $550 million. Turns out Viacom paid Harmonix a $150 million bonus in 2007, asked to have it back and didn’t pay bonuses for the next two years it owned the developer.

All told, the Rock Band┬ádeveloper is looking for a total of $700 million from the media giant, which owns MTV and Paramount. When Viacom bought Harmonix, the conglomerate didn’t foresee just how much it would lose on the Rock Band franchise by having to manufacture hundreds of thousands of plastic controllers. We’ll let you know how this whole mess plays out as Viacom navigates these claims.

[L.A. Times]

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Eder is a journalism major at the University of Oregon and copy chief of Flux, the School of Journalism and Communication's flagship magazine. When he's not playing video games or writing about them, Eder enjoys going to concerts, walking the UO campus with his trusty iPod, James McCloud, and climbing steep hills in running shoes. His favorite games include Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong Country 2, Bioshock and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.