Viacom Responds to Harmonix Lawsuit With Its Own Accusations
Viacom wants you to know that it didn't do anything wrong, and the Harmonix shareholders suing it are just bitter.
Eyebrows were raised earlier this week when former Harmonix shareholders filed a massive lawsuit against Viacom over a series of bonuses that the developer was apparently cheated out of. Naturally, Viacom isn't taking these accusations sitting down, and has officially responded to the lawsuit; in a move that surprises absolutely no one, the company is has some claims of its own against the plaintiffs.
Of course, Viacom claims that it hasn't done anything wrong. On top of that, the Harmonix shareholders' representatives are being accused of making some bad decisions, thus leading to the lawsuit.
According to what a Viacom representative told Gamasutra:
"Viacom fulfilled its contractual obligations and our actions were completely appropriate and consistent with the terms of our agreement with Harmonix shareholders and the interests of our shareholders.
"Mr. Winshall made a decision to spurn our early proposals, which were highly favorable to the stockholders he represented. He failed to get the unjustified windfall he hoped for and as a result damaged those shareholders, who are obligated to repay amounts already received.
"Having failed in his game, he is attempting to rewrite the contract and history with false and irrelevant claims, no doubt to protect himself from the very unhappy stockholders he represents."
It's hard to know who's telling the truth at this point. That said, it doesn't sound like Viacom is entirely denying the actions that it's accused of ... sounds lke this is going to be something the courts are going to have to decide on.
Source: Gamasutra via GamePolitics
Anything coming from Viacom is difficult to believe, considering they were shutting down peoples youtube accounts for copyright violations ...when they actually had no violations. They even set up fake accounts with their content to lure people to do it from what I've read.
It's sad to see a game of such critical acclaim (RB3) completely overshadowed by politics. I hear more about lawsuits nowadays than DLC. Poor Harmonix.
This sucks. Harmonix makes very polished music games. I would hate to see their talents go to waste if this lawsuit hits em really bad.
I hope that Harmonix will keep making games, maybe with a new publisher?
So is every game company sueing each other these days?
Sounds like they're trying to deflect from their own guilt to me.
Vohn_exel: (Dunno how to embed videos here)
Viacom? This Viacom?
I didn't know they had anything to do with video games. Actually, I didn't know they were still around period.
There you go.
And Viacom is a greedy filth bag, that should clear up my position on the matter.