THQ opens to GamersGate
Publisher's back catalog of PC games to be added to digital distribution service; GSC Game World's S.T.A.L.K.E.R. currently available.
Digital distribution made significant strides into mass adoption in 2007, as evidenced by Microsoft reaching more than 10 million Xbox Live users faster than anticipated and Valve signing a number of top publishers--including Rockstar, Codemasters, and Capcom--to its content delivery service Steam for the PC.
Today, THQ announced it was getting into the digital distribution game with an "extensive" publishing and distribution agreement with GamersGate. The initial agreement will see several titles from THQ's back catalog added in the future to GamersGate, including Company of Heroes and Supreme Commander (as well as their respective expansions), Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights, Full Spectrum Warrior, and Frontlines: Fuel of War.
Currently, THQ's only game available on the service is GSC Game World's S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, which was originally released in March 2007. THQ's titles released over GamersGate are available worldwide, save for Australia and New Zealand.