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  • Rock Band 2 moves 2 million units, but sales are lower than expected

    Viacom said this morning during its Q4 earnings call that Rock Band 2 sold close to two million units across all platforms since its September release. As nice as these numbers sound, they were lower than Viacom was expecting. “While we remain enthusiastic about the future franchise potential for Rock Band, the impact of a […]

  • Sony: Activision lost Beatles deal because "it was presented as if they were doing the music business a favor"

    The Beatles game eventually went to MTV because, from the sound of it, Sony Music wasn’t going to get what it wanted. And what it wanted, probably, was money. “It was presented as if they were doing the music business a favor,” Sony/ATV CEO Martin Bandier told Reuters. “It’s true you can choose other types […]

  • 45 Beatles tracks will be included in Harmonix game

    According to this Variety piece, only 45 Beatles tracks are to be included in the newly announced Harmonix game. From the piece: Game developers will be able to select 45 songs from the Beatles catalog recorded during their 1962-69 tenure within EMI for inclusion in the game. “The game is in development,” said Apple Corps […]

  • Beatles game has already been 17 months in the making

    Speaking to Gamespot, Rock Band lead designer Dan Teasdale given some hints at just how much work’s been involved in getting Apple Corp to an announcement stage of the newly confirmed Beatles game. Sounds as though it hasn’t been easy. “We started the process about 17 months ago, so it’s great to finally talk about […]

  • Beatles' power led to "very rich" MTV deal

    How much does it cost to make a Beatles game? A lot. We don’t know how much MTV had to pay to be able to work on an exclusive game based on the band’s music, but it wasn’t cheap, Sony Music boss Martin Bandier, told Variety. “There have been mutterings from artists and songwriters that […]

  • MTV making brand new Beatles game

    MTV, Apple Corps and Harmonix have just confirmed that they’re working on a brand new game involving The Beatles’ music. Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos said the game was a “dream project”. There’s no name on the title as yet, but the game will take players on a journey of the band’s music and has the […]

  • Beatles-MTV press phone-in starting now

    The Beatles-MTV conference is starting now. We haven’t been invited to listen to it, because we’re scum, clearly, but keep your eyes open for news over the next half an hour. MTV is expected to announce the inclusion of Beatles in Rock Band in the conference, as part of an “unprecedented global music project” between […]

  • Beatles have signed to Rock Band, says WSJ

    Citing “several people familiar with the matter,” the Wall Street Journal’s claimed The Beatles have signed a deal with Viacom and MTV to have the band’s legendary music included in a Rock Band product. MTV sent out an email last night saying an “unprecedented global music project” between itself and Apple Corp would be announced […]

  • Konami sues EA over Rock Band over patent violation

    According to this Bloomberg report, Konami has sued EA over patent violation related to Rock Band, claiming the game violate patents filed by the firm in 2002 and 2003. The Konami patents, relate to simulated musical instruments, a music-game system and a “musical-rhythm matching game.” What does Konami want? Muchos money, amigo. And the other […]

  • Rock Band hits 10 million tracks downloaded

    Viacom’s confirmed that 10 million Rock Band tracks have now been downloaded, and that more than 3 million units of the game itself have no shipped in the US. The figures came out of first-quarter financials which showed the company’s income rose 29 percent year-on-year to $567 million for the period ending March 31. Revenues […]

  • Dear Gibson: Stick your lawsuit where the sun don't shine, says Harmonix

    Guitar Hero developer Harmonix has responded to Gibson’s move to sue EA over Rock Band last night, by saying, in a nutshell, that it’s not going to be taking the guitar manufacturer seriously any time soon. “It is unfortunate that Gibson unfairly desires to share in the tremendous success enjoyed by the developers of Rock […]

  • Reuters source rubbishes "$1.5 billion Viacom for Take-Two" story

    This Reuters report, quoting a source, has said that this story rumouring a £23 per share offer from Viacom to Take-Two is incorrect. “Media conglomerate Viacom Inc is not in talks to buy video game maker Take-Two Interactive Software Inc, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, disputing reports of an offer.” The […]

  • Viacom looking at Take-Two buyout, says rumour

    According to this, Viacom boss Sumner Redstone has expressed an interest in buying Take-Two. The author of the report goes to lengths to assure readers this is a rumour. “Viacom wants a piece of the game publishing pie,” said the piece. “They have been buying some gaming assets over the past couple of years and […]

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