The Company That Paid $300K To Not Make Millions on Guitar Hero

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Guitar Hero is a franchise that catapulted Red Octane and Harmonix directly into the money pit, but not everyone associated with the launch of the popular rhythm game came out of it crazy rich.

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There was a reason the original Guitar Hero only launched on the Playstation 2, and that reason was Mad Catz.

"Guitar Hero was a game that we were actually involved with early on and pulled out because of a lawsuit with Konami," Mad Catz president and CEO Darren Richardson tells Kotaku. "We were doing the Xbox SKU and that's why there was only a Playstation 2 launch. That's why. We were in there and we pulled out as a result of (the lawsuit) and (Red Octane and Harmonix) went forward and it turned out to be a success, a huge success."

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Richardson says they paid $300,000 to get out of their deal and cut themselves out of the Guitar Hero franchise.

"Everyone else made hundreds of millions and we paid money to not be a part of it," Richardson said. "It was brilliant. I come up with these strokes of genius from time to time. That was my best."

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nudgenudge-old
Nudgenudge

At least he jokes about his company being the Decca of music games.

Y'know what? I like Mad Catz more and more. Sure, the name was synonym to "shitty memory cards and controllers", but between the FightSticks and the extremely kick-ass RB bass, they've really changed their ways and deliver good products.

...wait, it sounds like EA. Is Mad Catz the EA of gaming peripherals?