Viacom sold Harmonix for just $50?

The future of Rock Band developer Harmonix has been a hot topic ever since last year’s Rock Band 3 sold poorly. Viacom recently sold the company (not without a lawsuit or two), but for how much?

Apparently investment group Columbus Nova bought the developer, including the Rock Band and Dance Central IPs for just $49.99, as much as Rock Band 3 itself goes for at retail. The deal allowed the developer to become independent once more.

Pick that jaw up before you go on reading; Columbus Nova also take on the responsibilities of Rock Band‘s expensive song licensing and the burden of a franchise that may well be dead. Apparently this deal will earn Viacom $150 million in tax benefits.

It’s going to be an interesting year for Harmonix, who know where they and their IPs will be by Christmas?