Activision cuts the mic on Harmonix buyout

Activision cuts the mic on Harmonix buyout

By Dominic Sacco

December 9th 2010 at 1:58PM

Publisher offers no comment on possible buyout despite studio serenade

Activision has spoken of its love for Rock Band developer Harmonix but refused to speak about a possible acquisition.

Last month Viacom announced plans to sell off Harmonix, the studio which created the Guitar Hero franchise, following a third-quarter dip in earnings.

When asked by Industry Gamers whether Activision would be interested in buying back the Boston-based music game developer, Activision Publishing’s CEO Eric Hirshberg said: “I can’t comment on that, for obvious reasons.

“But I can tell you I’ve got a ton of respect for Harmonix. They’re a hell of a developer, very innovative and I’ve got nothing but love for them.”

“I can’t comment on the other question that you asked. There’s so much going on with Viacom and them right now.”

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