Developers vying for a slice of the rhythm game pie
may soon find the cost to dig in to be increasing -- at least if they want players to nod along with music they know. According to Reuters
, Warner Music's top exec Edgar Bronfman has come forward, stating that game companies should pay more to the music industry in order to include licensed tunes in their music-based games.
Says Bronfman, who compared the relationship to the likes of MTV or Apple's iPod, "The amount being paid to the music industry, even though their games are entirely dependent on the content we own and control, is far too small." Given Warner's interest in music currently flowing through both Guitar Hero III
and Rock Band
, not to mention the war that is about to unfold
on living room stages later this year, it will be interesting to see who will 5-star this game of financial tug-of-war.