Mad Catz Interactive Inc. has entered into a multiyear licensing agreement with MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), whereby Mad Catz has secured the North American and other worldwide territory rights to produce and distribute game peripherals and other products for the critically acclaimed Rock Band game.
Published by MTV Games and developed by MTV Network's Harmonix Music Systems, Rock Band is a platform for music fans and gamers to interact with music, challenging users to master the lead/bass guitar, drums and vocals as solo artists or cooperatively as part of their own band. Built on deals with the world’s biggest record labels and music publishers, the music featured in Rock Band spans all genres of rock and includes many master recordings from the greatest songs and artists of all time. Rock Band is currently available on the Xbox 360 3 and PlayStation 2 consoles in North America.
Pursuant to the agreement, Mad Catz has secured the rights to manufacture, market, and sell game accessories, including both wired and wireless bass guitars, a drum percussion set bundled with professional quality wooden drumsticks, and a wired microphone. Mad Catz expects its initial offerings under this license agreement to be available in the first half of 2008.