THQ Inc.

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  • T*HQ Inc. - Initial company name spelling. (from 1991 to 1995)

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THQ Inc. was a large developer and publisher of games. THQ (short for Toy Head-Quarters), was originally founded as Trinity Acquisition Corporation in New York (USA) in 1989. The company was reincorporated in Delaware in 1997 after the name had previously been changed to T.HQ, Inc. in 1991 through a merger with T.HQ, Inc., a California corporation. Initially the company's focus was a toy manufacturer. However, in 1994 THQ began to focus exclusively on the development and publishing of video games. Based in the USA, the company maintained offices in Europe and Asia Pacific. In December 2012 the company filed for Chapter 11 and on 22nd January 2013 almost all studios and properties were sold off in an auction, and the remaining staff was laid off. During its existence the company acquired and established many studios.

Closed or lost studios (founded or acquired):

The company was also involved with games for mobile platforms, mostly as THQ Wireless Inc. (founded in 2001). In February 2011 THQ reported to have sold the mobile division to advertising and distribution firm 24MAS.

When closed in January 2013, the following studios (founded or acquired) were still active:

The company also held a minority interest in the Japanese studio Yuke's Co. Ltd..

The following games, properties or publishing rights were also sold:

Credited on 841 Games from 1991 to 2014

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Darksiders II: Ultimate Edition (2013 on PlayStation 3)
Company of Heroes 2 (First Edition) (2012 on Windows)
Darksiders II (2012 on Wii U)
Jeopardy! (2012 on Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Saints Row 2: Ultimate Edition (2012 on PlayStation 3)
Saints Row: The Third - The Full Package (2012 on Windows, Nintendo Switch, Linux...)
WWE '13 (2012 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii)
WWE '13 (Austin 3:16 Collector’s Edition) (2012 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Darksiders II: First Edition (2012 on Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Darksiders II (2012 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Darksiders II (Angel of Death Edition) (2012 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Darksiders II (Collector's Edition) (2012 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Darksiders II (Limited Edition) (2012 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Darksiders II: Season Pass (2012 on Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine - Ultimate Edition (2012 on Windows, PlayStation 3)
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine - Ultimate DLC Bundle (2012 on PlayStation 3)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Ultimate Collection (2012 on Windows)
Purr Pals Purrfection (2012 on Nintendo 3DS)
Fantastic Pets (2012 on Xbox 360)
AAA Volume 1 (2012 on Windows)

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February 4, 2010

The company announces to rebrand two of its studios, Juice Games and Rainbow Studios, to THQ Digital Studios Warrington and THQ Digital Studios Phoenix respectively, at the cost of 60 jobs.

December 4, 2009

The company announces to open a new division in Montreal, responsible for product development, R&D, art and content development, as well as QA and localisation.

August 10, 2009

It is reported the company has acquired the development studio Midway Studios - San Diego.

November 2008

The company closes five development studios: Helixe, Sandblast Games, Locomotive Games, Mass Media and Paradigm Entertainment.

August 7, 2008

The company announces to open a new headquarters in Shanghai, China.

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Trivia +

THQ stock symbol is THQI

The German online magazine 4Players named THQ as #3 Best Developer of 2004.

Company location and contact information (Nov. 2007):

THQ Inc.

29903 Agoura Rd

Agoura Hills, California 91301

Company phone: 818-871-5000

Company Fax: 818-871-7400

Website: http://www.thq.com/

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