THQ trimming down Aussie office?

[UPDATE] Publisher confirms jobs lost at company's Australian operations; more details to be provided at financial call later this week.

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Kotaku Australia has today reported that THQ's Australian office has cut 14 staff members from its roster, making them redundant. The tip-off comes from an anonymous source who also claims that THQ's Japanese office is also in the firing line and has been shut down completely.

GameSpot AU has contacted representatives of THQ in Australia but had received no response at the time of publication. Last week, THQ confirmed that it had laid off an undisclosed number of employees in its administration and publishing wings as part of its organizational restructure.

Last year didn't treat THQ's Australian business too kindly, with the company shutting down Blue Tongue Entertainment and THQ Studio Australia. On top of that, rumours started circulating two weeks ago that THQ was cancelling its entire 2014 lineup in preparation to selling itself off to the highest bidder. THQ has since refuted those rumours.

[UPDATE] THQ has confirmed that the job cuts from last week have affected its Australian operations; however, the publisher declined to go into any detail regarding how many jobs were cut locally. According to a statement provided by THQ, details regarding the reorganization will be announced during a conference call scheduled for February 2.

THQ's full statement is as follows: "THQ confirms a reduction in force to the company's administration and publishing organisation. As recently announced, the company is exiting the kids' licensed games category, and is focusing on its core game franchises and developing its digital initiatives. The streamlined organisation reflects the company's new strategy. THQ's five internal studios were not affected by this action. The company will provide greater financial detail regarding the costs and organisational benefit on its third quarter 2012 conference call scheduled for Thursday, February 2, 2012."

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9 comments
pszone
pszone

Well THQ going down the drain. I think about time Head of THQ need to step down and someone who going to look at there games even more and make thq more hits. Saints Row know selling UFC 3 will sell dont think darksiders 2 will sell. I think reasle more better hardcore games since some didnt work they need to get more great ideas.

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

I was thinking more of the lines of Take Two (who could buy some of the IPs at the very least).

electroflame
electroflame

Another nail in THQ's coffin. It's obvious to anyone looking at it that the "We're still viable and not going out of business" thing is total Bull. THQ is dead. It's just a matter of burying the remains.

bogorad
bogorad

@Nintendo_Man Who Zenimax?

vivalatour
vivalatour

if THQ games were mediocre , maybe nobody would care , but , they're by no means mediocre ! so don't can these lads , they do have a meaning in this cruel unforgiving rat bastard world !

vivalatour
vivalatour

I tried to support by purchasing a "Saints Row" t-shirt , and by the way it's purty nice ! i'm very sorry to here of the general chop shop back in action , it's everywhere > IT'S EVERYWHERE> and it's VERY BAD it's VERY BAD !

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

They already screwed Blue Tongue. This is a poorly run company and things such as online passes will continue to cost them sales. They need to be bought by someone who isn't Activision, EA or Ubisoft.

selbie
selbie

I hate it how publishers are needed for developers to survive. It just seems too unfair for the developers who do great work.

Zorak0
Zorak0

This is ridiculous.