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