THQ Shutters Australian Office

THQ Shutters Australian Office

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The Melbourne branch of THQ is gone with all hands.

THQ may have dodged an enormous bullet back in July, but smaller financial issues are still gnawing away at it. In a bid to do whatever it takes to stay afloat, the publisher has shut down its Melbourne office. In addition to the loss of 18 jobs, this decision means that future distribution of THQ games in Australia and New Zealand will fall to All Interactive Entertainment (AIE).

THQ itself has tried to put a positive spin on the issue. "The evolution of our distribution model in the Asia Pacific region will allow us to increase our reach with a lower cost model," says Ian Curran, the vice president of global publishing. "We believe the company will benefit from AIE's backing and comprehensive distribution network across Australia." An AIE spokesman has also voiced his satisfaction with the turn of events, although neither party has commented much on the office's actual closure or the loss of work associated with it.

THQ is not the first publisher to shut its doors in Australia, since operations are becoming more expensive there as the Australian dollar strengthens. Whether this says more about the state of THQ or the Australian economy at the moment, though, won't be clear until the publisher releases its financial statements for the current quarter.

Source: GameSpot

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Next Dawn of War, a new Homeworld, next Saints Row. Problem solved THQ, make those (and make them well) and you can print your own money again.

Please don't die, THQ. You, and your subsidiary 2K, are one of the few publishers left that release stuff I actually want to play :(

lancar:
Please don't die, THQ. You, and your subsidiary 2K, are one of the few publishers left that release stuff I actually want to play :(

2K is a Take-Two subsidiary not THQ who have only 4 development studios.

Honestly, I would hate to see the loss of THQ. Of the gaming industry, it's one of my top picks. This company likes to release the kinds of games I don't get from other companies, like Dawn of War [2], Company of Heroes, and of its other ilk.

I think that if they got some good games out that has been awaited for, they can start to get back on their feet. And then maybe one day, they could reopen their Melbourne office.

By the sounds of things THQ might not be around much longer anyway, and if they are EA will probably buy them up anyway and than shut them down, because that's what EA does.

disgruntledgamer:
By the sounds of things THQ might not be around much longer anyway, and if they are EA will probably buy them up anyway and than shut them down, because that's what EA does.

I can see that happening, however, I'd like to remain optimistic.

mirage202:
Next Dawn of War, a new Homeworld, next Saints Row. Problem solved THQ, make those (and make them well) and you can print your own money again.

This is the reason that if THQ does fold, I hope Activision buys Relic.

Activision has the rights to Homeworld, Relic has the talent to make it Homeworld.

They really should do a spiritual successor to Homeworld though, I would buy a few copies and force my friends to play it too.

I have faith in Company of Heroes 2 to give THQ the well needed boost. Hang in there THQ!

 

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