Warner Chappell Music acquires the rights to publish Microsoft's game music.
Microsoft has agreed to let Warner Chappell Music, the publishing division of the Warner Music Group, administer and license Microsoft's music library worldwide. Warner Chappell Music will control the trademarks and work with Microsoft on creating new compositions for its catalogue. Games such as Halo and Age of Empires all have entries in the collection that will now be widely distributed by the Warner Music Group.
Ed Pierson, Executive Vice President of Business Affairs at Warner Chappell Music said, "Warner/Chappell is proud to partner with a technology leader like Microsoft and delighted to be the worldwide publisher for the company's video game music catalog. We're confident we can develop and identify some exciting and unique new licensing opportunities for these well-known game compositions."
Microsoft's Ed Ventura said, "We have developed a large library of video game music and are excited to make it available for placement beyond games. By partnering with Warner/Chappell, we can continue to extend the value and experiences for our music and also inspire and give further recognition to the composers who are dedicated to working on video games."