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Viacom ditching game industry may impact Bruckheimer Games deal

Friday, 12th November 2010 16:10 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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With Viacom getting out of the gaming business, and selling Harmonix off to the highest bidder, the move to exit the industry may put Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s intended videogame plans in jeopardy.

According to a report over on the LA Times, Viacom, which signed a deal to publish games made under Bruckheimer, is currently assessing its options and if it decides to not go through with the deal, Bruckheimer Games may be forced to either sign a deal with a new partner, or cancel its projects.

Bruckheimer’s game studio is co-owned by MTV, and in 2009 Ubisoft’s former SVP Jay Cohen was brought on as president of development.

Yesterday, Viacom’s Philippe Dauman told investors during a conference call it planned to sell Harmonix and get out because “the console game business requires an expertise and scale that we don’t have.”

Games in production at Bruckheimer’s studio are planned for release on PS3 and Xbox 360.

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  1. AHA-Lambda

    wait when did they say they were leaving? O_o

    anyway not too sure if this is a bad thing. Bruckheimer is the only person who may give MW2 a run for its money as worst story in a mainstream blockbuster of all ****ing time!

    #1 3 years ago
  2. cookiejar

    EA, Snap them up. You know it makes sense.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    Bruckheimer sucks, so whatever.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. expose the core

    Why would Bruckheimer need Viacom for his games, when he is on the board of directors at Zenimax Media Inc?

    http://www.zenimax.com/bod.htm

    #4 3 years ago
  5. LOLshock94

    chuck norris

    #5 3 years ago