According to the Wall Street Journal, as of roughly 9:30 AM EST on this day, Viacom has announced that they plan to sell off Rock Band franchise creator, Harmonix Music Systems.
The sale is attributed to Harmonix pulling down Viacom’s overall results, saying that customers are less and less likely to buy games with pricey peripherals.
Viacom is the owner of BET, MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon.
Harmonix boss Alex Rigopulos had told MCV earlier that they wanted to focus on the European market.
Rock Band 3 finished its first week in Europe with a dismal 7,000 unit sales across all platforms. Apparently, these sales numbers are from a single day. Ignore them. 7,000 units in a single day is not bad. I always forget that games come out on Fridays. Thanks, Heather!
No word on Harmonix’s new buyer.
I has a sad.