..."has favorable economics..." = Canadian tax breaks. But I thought it was "patriotic" to pay higher taxes?
Publisher to gradually transition operations to Canada; "some" of the 57 affected workers to be given option of relocating.
THQ continues to cut costs, as the publisher today confirmed a Game Informer report that it would be closing its Arizona quality assurance (QA) facility and moving those operations to Montreal. The move will impact 57 THQ employees, with an unspecified number of them being given the choice to relocate to Canada along with the QA operation.
"Montreal is a prime location for industry talent, has favorable economics, and is a big part of our future game development plans," THQ explained in a statement. "With those considerations in mind, we have made the business decision to consolidate our two quality assurance operations into one location at THQ Montreal…The decision to move QA operations was driven by industry, market and economic trends."
It's been a tumultuous year for THQ. In January, the publisher announced a restructuring to exit the children's licensed game market, and then laid off 118 workers to change its long-awaited massively multiplayer online role-playing game Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium Online to a standard RPG. More recently, the publisher laid off workers at its San Diego studio after losing the UFC license to Electronic Arts, saw abundant turnover in its executive ranks, divested itself of any interest in Tomonobu Itagaki's Devil's Third, and avoided delisting from the NASDAQ stock exchange with a 1-for-10 reverse stock split.
"'Montreal is a prime location for industry talent, has favorable economics, and is a big part of our future game development plans,' THQ explained in a statement."
In response, Arizona released a statement saying that it is a prime location for racial profiling.
THQ has DRM in their gamesaves that prevent the gamer from backing up their saves; either to another device like an external HD, or to Cloud Saving like PS Plus.
So pretty much the only THQ news I wanna read is about how they FAIL.
EA is buying up and putting people out of work........jobs that are moving out of the US, not being outsourced a good thing.
thq is a pretty legit company it's a shame to see them closing up shop. they never did any wrong doing towards me or ripped me off like blizzard.
LOL i just now got that. isn't this guy canadian? shouldn't he be able to spell simple provinces and cities in canada?
Brendan Sinclair is Canadian like myself. He should be able to spell Montreal without even thinking. Silly mistake. Or as Wolverine would say: "Unacceptable!"
Looks like we're not the only ones who would like an edit button... Google Maps can't find Monteral, Canada. Even by boat.
Threatened De-listing from the stock market
Consecutive financial losses
Being sued by it's own investors
Can THQ catch a break anymore?
This is a shame to hear as I live in Phoenix. Having a part of a game studio locally was actually inspiration to a lot of the college kids in my area. But then again, Phoenix and Arizona in general is an armpit of society and getting worse thanks the politics occurring within the state. Jan brewer trying to destroy any hope of growing the state and our county Sheriff starting yet ANOTHER "investigation" into Obama's birth certificate...
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