Just two months ago Viacom and MTV Games let Rock Band developer Harmonix go, after a steady decline in sales for the music genre, and now reports are coming in that the company has all-but closed down, save for “a handful of financial staff.”
MCV says that MTV Games’ international office shuttered on Wednesday, with a small number of employees remaining at the New York-based office “to collect or reconcile any outstanding receivables.” The site says that the decision comes after the publisher also held a meeting with Harmonix purchasers Columbus Nova recently, to determine whether MTV would remain in charge of European sales. Obviously not.
Columbus Nova scooped up Harmonix in December for $50 (with Viacom receiving $50 million in tax benefits, and offloading $100 million in liabilites), setting them up as independent Harmonix-SBE Holdings, LLC. The developer retains the rights to Rock Band and Dance Central.
Viacom hasn’t commented on the story.