According to the report, the offices were closed on Wednesday and merely a few workers remained in the New York office – and their sole purpose is “to collect or reconcile any outstanding receivables.” I’m no lawyer, but I’m pretty sure that means they’re looting the place, Office Space style.
The future of MTV Games was uncertain without Harmonix, who were an independent firm before MTV picked them up. Without anything bringing the big bucks in, not many were too surprised that parent company Viacom – who are currently in a legal standoff with Harmonix – would make some cutbacks to distance themselves from their bottom line.
For those who might not have know, Harmonix has accused Viacom of avoiding to pay performance-based bonuses. This has been going on since December and Viacom is unsurprisingly denying any wrongdoing – no word yet on how that will turn out, but we’ll keep you posted as news develops.
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The team of the MTV Games Worldwide Office had recently met with Columbus Nova (the firm who purchased Harmonix) to discuss the possibility of using the office to handle sales in Europe, but it appears that in the last week the negotiations turned sour and a decision was made just to shut down the office for good.
It should be noted that the closure of MTV Games will not affect Rock Band or Dance Central, whose development and DLC releases remain subsequently in the hands of Harmonix and Columbia Nova – no worries, rockers, we’ll see that Journey DLC eventually.
What do you think about the closure for MTV Games? Do you think it will really make a difference for any future games?